… “Spot the magpie” …
Just a little game I play with myself on a snowy day!
The pictures in the collage above are from today; the photo below from just over a week ago. Snow has been “on and off” any number of times in between, as the weather has kept shifting back and forth between snow and rain.
Mid January seems a bit early in the season to me (for the magpies to be nesting, I mean – cf my magpie post from last year), but perhaps it’s got something to do with winter so far having been rather mild. I also can’t help wondering if these two are the same couple that I watched two years ago trying, but then failing, to build a nest in the same tree. Back then, they gave me some good laughs as they seemed quite unable to figure out the art of nest-building and just kept dropping the sticks back on the ground, and finally gave up and (presumably) went in search of some other tree.
Well, whether the same couple or not, these ones now seem really determined, in spite of the snow causing some confusion (like “oops! where’s my door?”)
Same builders or not, there are now magpie nests in both the trees in the yard outside my windows: