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10 hours ago

The Magpie Whisperer

I often get asked if I still see Boots. For those of you unfamiliar with the story on Boots, I've had a close relationship with this magpie for almost three years, which begun when he was a juvenile popping in to visit my backyard. He would let me scratch his belly and head, bathe him with a hose, he would even sunbathe on top of me, with his wings outstretched on my legs.
One year ago, nature took its course, and he was kicked out of his territory (my backyard) by the alpha magpies, and he hasn't been back since.

I wanted to know Boots, was alive and well, so I walked and drove around the neighbourhood, listening out for his warble (he has a very distinct voice!) After a LOT of searching, I was lucky enough to find his new home by pinpointing the sound of his voice. I've had to do this three times in the past year, as he's changed territories that often.
My persistence to find him paid off each time, and in return, I get to continue my relationship with him and observe his behaviour and social interactions he has with other magpies in the area ๐Ÿ˜Š

So, there's the short story on Boots, and I'm happy to say, he's alive and well! This is a video of my visit with him from last week in his current territory. He has 4 'girlfriends' and seems to rule the roost amongst the large group of magpies in the area.
Since he left my home over one year ago, Boots has lost quite a bit of the tameness, so it was a special treat when he let me nuzzle into him on my lastest visit! <3

โ›” By the way, I do NOT recommend allowing a magpie to get this close to your face, especially if haven't had experience handling one up close and personal before.
Like many wild and pet birds, their beaks are capable of causing significant damage, especially when feeling threatened! But, as you can see, without a doubt, I trust Boots, one hundred percent ๐Ÿ˜
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How far away did he end up? How long did you wait till you went looking for him? My boy Hendrix has been kicked out of his territory recently (just over 2wks now) and he too has a very distinct warble, he mimics other bird call and my own impersonation of a magpie warble. Im certain I can hear him in the distance sometimes. He miss him terribly. I'd give almost anything to sit with him one more time and hear his beautiful serenade. Ive only known him for a yr. We (my husband and I) are mates with his parents and aunty who we have known since they were babies. They had Hendrix and his sisters a yr ago and left our yard to them. Now they are back and they kicked Hendrix and his girls out. Whilst it's very nice to see his parents and aunty again, I want my best mate back ๐Ÿ™

What a lovely story and a lovely person. I love maggies as I had one as a pet when I was a child. It slept on the end of my bed.

I am in Canada and your magpies don't sound anything like ours and their markings are also different. Considering the amazing warble yours make I'd rather have yours!

This is my moogie. Her mum bought her to me as a fluffy little bundle of cuteness a year ago. She has had her eye pecked my a dominate male two houses down. He and his family continued to torrent her daily. I am the dominate bird in mt yard haha. He and his family have claimed the surrounding properties but he now knows moogie and her mum own mine. My kids thought i was a loon running around flapping my arms chasing them away. Moogie has all her adult feathers, her face has all thick feathers and she is so strong and so pretty.

This Lass is so special with the Magpies that are all wild birds, never raised in captivity. Check out The Magpie Wisperer on face book to see all the videos

It is so sad when 'our' children leave home and don't let us worried parents/ aunties/ uncles know how they are fairing in this big world. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to just see them again. Just hope mine are doing this well. May their bellies always be full and their wings take flight to better places. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

He is magnificent isn't he. Such a special bond you have. I have a family of 8 maggies who just arrived out of nowhere about 18 months ago, they visit my garden and frolic here every day. I wake to their songs with a smile on my face every morning. They are a wonderful addition to my life and i just love them.

A absolutely beautiful story ..I had a special bond with a baby injured Maggie I acquired from a friend who was a vet nurse..he was handicapped and blind in one eye and he couldn't fly ,he thought he was a dog ,barked with our German Shep and Mini focus and to see all three of them running to meet you at the gate was a comical sight with Maggie barking lol ,he would sit on my lap out front waiting for the kids to come home off the school bus..he would-be and flea the dogs lay in the sun stretched out with the dogs ..I had to teach Jim to look for his food like worms in the garden I dug up..he learnt to say ook for look which searching for worms ...he disappeared when we were all out one day and by God he was sadly missed and still do ..I taped his warbling song one day and played it and little foxie came flying down the 14 internal stairs expecting to see him ..It was very sad ..even my adults kids still talk about how special he was ..

I love this unique bond you have with these incredible animals. Your gift that you share with us is something I really look forward to, I am restricted to bed & my room due to illness but the one thing that gets me out is my tribe of three who sit & sing to me when I feed them, its almost as I they know the therapeutic effect they have on me, Thank you again for sharing part of your world, Bless you sweet lady.xo

So thankful you found your sweet Boots. That is just wonderful and he still remembers you and your love for him. I am so happy to see your post today. I have missed seeing your posts. Happy to see that you are fine . ๐Ÿ™‚

I became fondly acquainted with all my magpies and named them all. I realized with their heirachy that some aren't allowed to reside in my back yard anymore. However I was relieved to find one of my former girls lived further uo tge street with her family of four.

It breaks my heart every time one of our magpie babies grows up and Jacques, their papa, boots them out of the garden. I know it's nature's way but I miss them so much. I've never had any luck locating them in the neighbourhood but he was such a good dad that I'm sure they've all survived well. There've been a few different mums over the years - a couple of them just seemed to vanish and a new wife suddenly fills the gap. It's wonderful that you caught up with Boots again - very heart-warming!

So happy to hear about Boots, and your relationship with him. All we can do in my area is feed birds. I raise mealworms to feed nesting bluebirds in my area. This is closest relationship we can have. As soon as we move away from the feeder, they fly right down to get them, the nest is nearby and they take beakfuls to the babies. I have mixed feeling about feeding birds, but I enjoy it so much....so I keep at it.

I have feed many magpies over the yearssss and i even got my mum into feed them. Mum had 3 magpies that would visit for at the back door of home. And one of these magpies she called beaky as he was missing the end of his beak...mum reckons his beak will grow back?but i dont...do there beaks grow back?

This is such a SPECIAL relationship. I had a seven year one with a male lorikeet, not as physically close as my boy was an adult already. I could whistle up and "talk" to him as he walked over me or simply siddled up to me for protection as he became older. He died last year. He was blind in one eye and suffered wing damage during this time, eventually finding it difficult to land on a perch. Once he appeared drunk, but crawled up to where I feed him, so I boxed him up, took him to the vet, then released him the next day (without one bite) and he was back OK to my food station an hour later... I miss him very much - but I also wonder at that special relationship we had.

Love yr story of boots ๐Ÿค— ive got a pie and ive called him cookie ๐Ÿ˜Š he now brings his family to my yard and sits on my knee while i hand feed him some times ,they are a beautiful bird ,cookie stays in his territory has done for 3 yrs now ! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜„

2 of our precious girls have been poisoned. 1 weโ€™re sure will die but the other (found yesterday) was quite lively. After 2 vet visits we took them to a place in Bibra Lake who specialise in native animals... Native ARC! One Maggie we named Peggy as she had a bad limp (hence Peg Leg Pete!!) and Iโ€™m absolutely devastated as Iโ€™m sure one was our favourite girl ๐Ÿฆ ๐Ÿค• ๐Ÿ˜ข

I love this it gives me hope for when the inevitable happens with our gorgeous boy โ€˜ flapper โ€˜ Iโ€™m sure he will be evicted one day . ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

Same happened to me with ( Pie ) One day just went and never came back. All sorts of things went through my mind. Then a few months later I saw a Maggie near Woolworths that came up close to me. I raced back in to the shop and bought some mince. When I got back to where I saw the Maggie, I yelled out โ€œ Pie โ€œ.. she ran over to me and followed me to my salon. It was Pie and I fed her her mince. I havenโ€™t seen her since but I donโ€™t worry now because I know she is fine..

I was gifted your book by my darling family some time back and still pull it out to enjoy. Glad Boots has managed to find his own tribe. Thankyou for sharing this update x

When I was a little girl I had a pet Maggie..her name was Cawky she was my very best friend. When I came home from school she would sit on a post in front of our house and wait for me to come home..she would hop on my shoulder and snuggle in and stayed there until dinner time at night.When I went to boarding school ( we lived in the country) she ate some garden dust and died..you can imagine how upset I was...I could write forever her antics..I loved her so much.

This is so great - Your pics and vids always make me smile...and of course there's nothing like that warble to make you stop and listen - Go Boots!

I have had a maggie in my yard since he was a little fluff ball 2 years ago , live hime to bits , almost sits on my hand as well . Love that you found Boots xxx

Say hi to Boots from Big on the Gold Coast (ie Mr Big). Our magpies dont move. We have a large tree. All the birds roost there. But, this year a bunch of crows arrived. They and the currawongs cause an enormous commotion in the tree. The magpies and butcher birds join forces to expel the intruders. Love the warble. Will give Big and his harem some of Boots' chorales. See if they launch into their performance ๐Ÿ˜Š

Boots is just the Bomb....such a special Magpie and you are lucky he came into your backyard and your heart. I adore these birds. And their song is sublime. Thanks for sharing your reuniting with Boots. Made me smile!

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3 weeks ago

The Magpie Whisperer

Happy Australia Day!

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R2-D2 & Tiny Tim, warbling Happy Australia Day!
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I rescued one of these guys today at my parents house he had a broken leg and a missing eye he was about to get eaten by the neighbours cat. How good is it when u can ring wires here in Australia on a public holiday and still get some volunteer (which was a nice young lady) who came and picked him up to get some vet treatment. #Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‘Œ she is going to let me know how he goes : )

I love my Magpie ...Sid.... Alrhough I'm convinced she's a female...

What do you guys feed them, I have a few just starting to visit me and Iโ€™ve been feeding them organic grain fed fresh mince is that ok?

My maggies dancing under the sprinkler this morning ๐Ÿ˜

We lived in Adelaide for 3 years, had to move back to the US 2 years ago. I miss it all so much, but especially the magpie friends and their sounds. Thx for sharing.

Cannot ever ever out do the magestic maggie singing its little heart out. Too cute.

Love that sound.... A true sound of Australia !

Magpies warbling is my favourite sound. Thank you.

Never get tired of listening to this

We had all our girls and boys here today and our butcher birds as well โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Maggies and Kookaburras are my favourite Australian icons. The magpies have so many different songs according to the weather, also their age. We have lots here and this warm weather brings out their happiest sounds. When returning to Australia from 4 months overseas in 1981, it was the maggies birdsong which told me I was home!! Bless them.

R2-D2 and Tiny Tim - Hilarious!!!! Adore Magpies, especially the amazing ones who have adopted me!!! Now I think I have the Grandparents, Parents, and Kidz - who are having their progeny early!! I am running out of food for their gorgeous demands!! Thank you for endorsing our adoration of the Maggies! Hope Tiny Tim brings his children home to you!

Love my maggies. Thanx for the post on Australia Day!

The little one is singing in other languages isn't that nice? I have 6 maggies now, they are all my first line of defence against snakes I love them.

I absolutely adore the sound of magpies warbelling in the early morning on our patch of Heaven! What beautiful birds <3

Nothing more Australian than Maggie's singing love it

Love your magpies videos i too have a little family of magpies every morning and evening they come so happy to see them Happy Australia Day to you and your magpies

Spending Australia Day with my little magpie visitors warbling on my balcony

The barely visible Hills hoist in the background just makes it extra nice!

I have a Mum, Dad and bub visit almost every day. Mum is the most confident and will walk right up to me. Tonight a plate with some chicken nuggets was left unguarded and Mother magpie was quick to grab one ๐Ÿ™‚ Bub's must have to grow into their voice as he/she often sounds similar to a crow.

A beautiful rendition of your national anthem ๐Ÿ˜Š I have an ozzie birdie, will have to wish him a happy Australia Day.

Nothing brighter than any day, waking up to the beautiful Maggieโ€™s that live here xx Sheโ€™s teaching her baby to sing ๐ŸŽถ

Many thanks. Youโ€™ve made my Australia Day here in Ireland!

Love these Magpies,they warble early in the morning,it doesnโ€™t, bother me as l am up early,feed them,and then they are off. I worry about the neighbors as it is all quiet when l get up

One of my babies sat on my head today while i fed it...best Australia Day present everโคโคโค

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Ya learn something every day! I would have expected magpies to make a squawking sound. In fact, the sound they make is almost musical!

That tall grey bird with yellow on its face is also locally known as Spur-Winged Plover! Beautiful but dangerous. Very protective of their ground nests! (Wiki is incorrect when it says northern Australia- it's everywhere!) en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masked_lapwing

I have beautiful big family of maggies they are spend most of their day coming back and forth to eat. .chat and play in the bird bath -. they even wait for me off my bus and walk/fly home with me! Loyal funny and very smart birds love them xxx

With the recent heatwaves going around Australia at the moment it is vital all wild creatures have access to water. To watch birds play in water is one of my favourite past times too. We use to have a young eastern water dragon visit and we bought him his own bath bowl as our magpies got a little put out that he was always in their shallow bowl in back yard. Now we have both low & high off ground bird baths around the place.

It seems to be very hot in Australia... The magpies are enjoying the water. Cool! In California we have Yellow-billed magpies who are also very smart, but the people here do not appreciate that as you do there. Greets!

My relative's local council ranger came to their place and threatened her with charges if she kept feeding the magpies - there was a couple of angrier visits when she hadn't stopped, but eventually she had to as this officer's tone was positively nasty! She had about 12 at the time.

I have 6 that play in my backyard they're so cool. They whistle and carry on my dogs use to chase them off but they are used to them hanging around all the time. I can hand feed 2 of them now. ๐Ÿ‘

I have 3 out the front, 2 for the birds and 1 for the bees. I also have 3 out the back, 2 for the birds, and 1 for the wasps. Many native bees use the ones out the back also. I have magpies, mudlarks, wattle birds, new holland honeyeaters, galahs, red cap parrots, Australian ring necks, willy wag tails, silver eyes, red tailed black cockatoos, and more that I don't know the names of. Water birds come in the winter also. White ibis, straw necked ibis, white faced heron, pacific black ducks, wood ducks, and probably more. I'm a little sad bec I have to move this week, and their water supply for the last year and a half will just stop right in the middle of summer ๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข๐Ÿ˜ข

I could sit in your yard forever and be so entertained. U are so lucky to have all these awesome birds in your yard!! I love it!! Thank you sooo much for caring and sharing!!

Apart from their โ€˜shell' bath and smaller birdbath, I put the sprinkler out for our little family (mum, dad, junior) on Friday when Melbourne reached 40. They loved it because not only did they cool off but the wet grass and soil underneath released all the insects for them to eat. We absolutely love our little family

I love to see this - a fantastic safe and fun place for our beautiful magpies. I have my magpies too. They bring their babies to me every year. People who don't get acquainted with these amazing birds are missing so much. Thank you for all of the wonderful clips you share. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

I love how Magpies are so respected and looked after in Australia, I absolutely adore them, they are so intelligent and entertaining, their warbling is music to the ears! People in New Zealand hate them, Everyone I talk to about them (except me) has been swooped and attacked, I just roll my eyes when I hear this, even had a cyclist who cycled up the Port Hills in Christchurch, offer to pay someone to shoot ALL the magpies through her cycling trails so she could cycle in safety, dumb B! I hope noone took up her evil offer, hopefully someone took her out! (am I allowed to say that lol).

I bought a sprinkler the other day and put it out the back for the Maggies, wow did they love it!! I also have several cat litter boxes (new) full of water for them to play in, love watching and hearing them!

i shifted up to darwin. that is one thing i do miss. all the magpies. they were lovely. my dog was taught we dont chase birdies. so we all lived happily. .

Don't ever stop filming these guys. They are so awesome!

I adore watching and listening to them they are so incredible ....I am so happy that these guys have such a lovely place to enjoy and live...thank you for caring for them so beautifully.

I love everyone on here telling their wonderful stories of interacting with birds, and all the things they do for the birds. It brightens up my day knowing that people love birds ๐Ÿ™‚

We always ensure our bird baths are full. Sometimes refilling them 2 - 3 times a day. With a shallower one for the sunbirds and finches to use. We've even had wood ducks using the big one like a private pool. And theres a special soft sprinkler the birfs love. All under the big shady poinciana tree.

I have had a fear of magpies for 45 years, for the last 18 months, I have been feeding a family, mum eats out of my hand, I now have a bird ๐Ÿฆ… feeder and wake in the morning to find up to 50 or more sparrows, finches, doves and pigeons waiting for breakfast, then dinner, love to watch them , very calming.

My magpie family totally took over the birdbath during our recent hot weather. The babies filled it with sticks, leaves and other rubbish out of the garden. Lol when one arrived with a bigger stick, landed on the edge and pushed another into the water. Such simple entertainment but hilariously funny to watch.

The maggies & willy 's that i feed regularly have been looking a bit uncomfortable & hot lately, i will be pulling my kids old sea shell pool out for them later after getting the idea here. Poor animals, i feel sorry for them in this heat ๐Ÿ™

Thank you for doing this. ABSOLUTELY BRILLANT. I get into trouble from my body corp for feeding or watering the local birds. I miss our old house where we had a family of maggies come every day for 5 years and they would bring their young back and show them off๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Australiaโ€™s cleanest & happiest magpies! They probably swoop any other magpie that dared trying to mess with their people lol

I love the murmuring and warbling of the Maggies, itโ€™s the sound of Australia to me, and we all make sure water is around for our wildlife in the summer, and that includes those pesky possums.

We have 6 that come to our house. Taken over our outdoor table. Buckley ( he has a bad leg) aka Collingwoods Nathan Buckley. And Cheeky, a last springs baby, who eats out of our hands. Wake us most morning with a song. And another when they eat, to say thanks for the food. If we are a bit slow with food they will peck the glass door as a hurry up Iโ€™m here. We feed them finely chopped meat mixed with rolled oats. Just a handful a day,

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3 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

My helmet-headed friend, Gimpy, the Masked Lapwing, enjoying a dip <3 ๐Ÿ’ฆ (Watch until the end to see the graceful exit ๐Ÿ˜› ) ๐Ÿ’‚โ€ ... See MoreSee Less

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Oh I love Plovers ๐Ÿ˜ And their babies are the cutest things ever!! I donโ€™t understand why people get so frightened of them. (Just like I donโ€™t get the fear of magpies either). ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

We had a pair on our neighbors carport roof that tried to intimidate us when we walked out our front door. We were not bothered, we loved having them there ๐Ÿ™‚ such personalities!

Masked lapwing plovers are crazy when nesting or caring for their young, wide berth required.

We know them as Plovers. Didn't realise they have another name.

What a lovely, funny Bird - I love his 'hair' cut ๐Ÿ˜‚

Mine bathing this morning

4/10 for the dismount. Russian judge 2/10.

I have 2 regular magpies that visit me (Michael & Willy) and a family of Lapwings who every year produce 2 babies. Love my feathered friends.

Rob, can you please make sure the bowl out the front is filled up. Oh, and both the cat ones too please

And I'd say that the Masked Lapwing is now seriously embarrased because it was caught on camera ... and the whole world is watching ...

Last years junior, also fell out of his bath on exit.

That's what happens if you're too busy looking to see if anyone is watching you ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

I always get excited when I see you have posted something Magpie Whisperer!! Itโ€™s great to know there is an army of people out there who love magpies . Any suggestions for an occasional food treat please.

Oh I shouldn't have snorted laughing at the lil guys undignified trip ....but I did. Never seen one quite so relaxed!!

that's so sweet!! Look at his face like is he has a yellow paper mask!! How beautiful!! You guys in Australia are so lucky having birds like that!! <3 <3

I have a family of magpies and ๐Ÿ˜ I love them They have personality and come into my office many time a day to say hello

I wish our magpies here were like yours over there ! the magpies here have ripped the roof off two of my sheds, and frightened the hedgehogs, and cost me a lot. I still love them though but Ive had to stop feeding them, any suggestions ?

Imani look at the Lego man birb

Birds SO relish bathing! Ans a nice recovery by Mr. Masked Lapwing!

He looks like he's wearing a hairpiece! Babies come to visit me out the back this year. Better keep feeding them.

You donโ€™t need an expensive birdbath for birds to enjoy having a dip, I have an icecream container on the lawn and they love it

I love it ๐Ÿ˜ and Plovers too โ˜บ๏ธ They bathe so quickly that I thought you were filming in Time Lapse mode ๐Ÿ˜„

We love watching the pee wees bathing in the bird bath, very entertaining. She's like a little dancer the way she so delicately steps in & out & curtseys too.

Lol I don't know why people are so scared of magpies swooping, plovers are way more ruthless and savage when protecting their nests.

Wow yu must have the best garden for the birds. My mixture of birds do not toerate each other at all. Even with 5 bird baths they still fight over the one bath.

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3 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

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Could watch these beautiful birds for hours.There has been some bastard on the Central Coast of NSW that has killed at least 30 magpies and babies with poison.The story was in The Central Coast Express from Thurs 2nd nov.I hope they catch this mongrel.

Are these birds or dogs? Didn't know they were so playful! Have these birds been hand reared and raised by humans to be like this? It's very cute ๐Ÿ˜

While there is a portion of Australia's wildlife would likely kill you one way or another, it is nice to see these goofy-assed birds being goofy-assed birds.

In the mornings especially I have round 30-50 maggies in my back yard, they wait for me at the door!! Some take the food from my hand, I love them, especially the noises they make to let their mates know that foods there!! All sizes and ages a mixed bag. The other day a Seagull came in first time I have had one in the yard, he got a few beakfulls then the maggies chased it off!! Was so funny!!!

Thank you so much for sharing these videos of the Magpies!!๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ I am an Aussie, and live in Canada. Seeing these intelligent and playful Magpies, makes me homesick for my homeland!๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ I love the posts!!๐Ÿ˜Š

Just beautiful - I could sit and watch my magpies all day - they are so full of character and intelligence and playfulness ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

I love Magpies, they are very intelligent and are true comedians. We have a family of Maggies that have lived in our pine tree for many years. They visit daily and warble at my door if I forget to give them fresh water.

Our magpies only have a small band of white feathers around the back of their necks. We have three baby's with Mum and Dad. This is one parent and baby.

Wouldn' t it be interesting if someone could decipher their language.I talk to them but it probably makes no sense.They always come for a feed andnever attack me.............so far......

One of our neighbors used to have a pet one that didn't like my cousin,and would attack him when he walked into there yard. Told his Dad about it,Dad had a shovel in his hand and hit the maggie with it, maggie fell over onto his back and played dead. When they walked away maggie raised his head looked around then jumped up and walked away. My Uncle feeling guilty thinking he had killed the bird.

Ah, the wonderful, intelligent and musical Australian magpie! Shame their "alter ego" comes out in spring when many of the males turn psychopathic and swoop humans! Lol

In Bayside Melbourne each Maggie family has its own territory and even an area of footpath, nature strip and trees is utilised! Only the crowsoutmuscle them!

I have 2 baby magpies with mum and dad, they come everyday. I caught the babies playing tug of war with a stalk that my geranium flower was on, they took it out of an old pot I collect bits and pieces in, one of them digs dirt from another pot that has a dead plant in it, naughty boy that one lol.

THANKS!! My kids and I saved a few babies long ago...One day a neighbor , "got rid of them"...because she said, "I hate birds." they were gone...I still love maggies.

I have one little guy who watches me from the electrical wires he sits on, and I started to leave water and food in realising there is a nest nearby. So he soon started to come up and sit on the balcony when I was sitting outside reading. Then eventually he sat on me. And now if he sees me outside he flies to greet me. Cute!

Love my Magpies But not so happy with the one that decided l was to close to its nest Tried to tell it that I was a good supporter but didn't help at all

I rescued a young crow from naughty kids. Gave in peace and shelter for a day, then never saw (maybe recognized) it again. Slowly ended up with many crows who would help me garden etc. They'd taste all the plants but not destroy them. Steal anything. Watch me over the rim of the garage. Never get too close but as long as I didn't look at them would come within 4 feet. Bought their chicks round, teased the dog. Inspect what I was up to if bush walking......Got used to the noise. Coming up a year since we moved. I miss them.

These guys are amazing! -- They play like CHILDREN and need to be given wayyyyyyy more credit than they receive! LOVE them! <3

One of my babies had his foot caught in the tree. Poor thing must have been there all day before I found him. He let me get him out with a few gentle pecks, then into the laundry to have a sleep and recover, and drink lots of water then wandered out to the lounge room to let me know he wanted to go out. With a hard peck to remind me it was dinnertime.

I have had Magpies coming in Day & Night for over 12 months. They have fresh water everyday, they follow me around the Backyard & Tap on my Screen door if I donโ€™t feed them meat on time. Everything is so dry & no rain, so they are looking for food. I was shocked the first time I saw them playing... I have on average 15 of them.

Years ago when I didn't know any better, I came across about 4 or 5 magpies in what looked like murder so I tried to break it up. The looks they gave me were impossible to describe!!

Would love it more without the music. Their chatter alone is music to my ears. Wish we had maggies here in the States.

Our pet magpie went for a drive with us today to Walkervile to deliver a table i just finished then back to Inverloch for fish n chipes then home. She thinks she is a dog when they get in she jump in.

Awww years ago our daughter had a horse which sometimes spent time in our back yard.... the Maggieโ€™s would come and the babies would lay on their back and pass lumps of horse poo back and forth or even a stick or tennis ball .... they are beautiful and sing like angels โญ๏ธ๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐Ÿ’•โœจ๐Ÿ’•

I love maggies, they are so animated and have such amazing personalities. I live next to a beautiful park and they come down and sing to themselves and parade around in front of our huge tinted front window. Itโ€™s like watching a show ๐Ÿ˜‚ They make my mornings.

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4 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

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Can you make a magpie warble ringtone?

An update: Today a crow/raven pursued Big Boy and stole the big chunk of mince meat he was taking back to the nest. A really big crow taking food off a fully grown magpie. Second piece of news, Big Boy came with two Baeh's. Was fun throwing meat to Big Boy who fed the two young magpies. One of them sneaked a few gobbles whilst Dad 's back was turned. What advice do you have if predator crows /ravens show up? We discussed trapping Dad and the young ones. Putting them in a cage until the young ones are bigger. Or can Parks and Wildlife intervene to remove the predators?

one of my regulars came the other day and I heard it imitating other birds, kookaburra, parrot, cocky are ones I could pick out, didn't know they imitated other birds : )

I've watched you and your maggies quietly for quite a while now. I don't know you but am so proud of what you've done and feel privileged to watch The Whisperer grow . Go You

We feed up to 27 here at our home. Love the maggies. This one having a little nap on our bird bath ๐Ÿ˜Š

I want one WITH Pie prints AND a pie soundtrack!!!!...please

"Get your calendars here, folks! Hop right up and order today!" Great advertisers.

Karen, you could do a calendar of Maggies and/or Ravens and possibly include a selection of "water bowl soaking delicacies" ๐Ÿ˜‚

Oh and we had 1 that sounded like R2D2 exactly it was the funniest thing not seen that one lately or should say heard him Last weekend a maggie was caught in my bird net drapped over my garden bed My 5 half yr old told me we out the window a look and one other magpie was trying to help it saw it pick up the net in its beak so hubby and I went to rescue it. All the other magpies where hanging around nearby warbling We freed it Got a new love for Maggie's

Some sad news. For the last two weeks Baeh has had a limp, then falling on its side, then the entire foot flipping like an appendage. We managed to catch Baeh. We looked around and discovered the nearest emergency animal shelter was at Varsity Lakes. We went to AEC, which stands for Animal Emergency Centre. It was an extremely emotional time for my wife and I. Felt so incompetent, so helpless. You can imagine how poor Baeh felt, had been eating from my wife's fingers a moment ago, trusting us to protect it. AEC is like Emergency at GCUH on steroids. They told us we had to sign off on Baeh's assessment. They explained that she would be triaged and euthanized if the injury was untreatable. If it could be treated, she would be transferred to Currumbin Animal Hospital. We would be contacted when she was ready for release back to the wild. Today we called CAH, their only admissions over the weekend had been a frog and a turtle. So we called AEC, who checked their logbook and informed us that Bash had a broken keg and had been euthanized. So sad, we discussed our loss. What would we do differently? A lot actually! We were unprepared for one of our wild animals being hurt. Should have acted more assertively. Talked to the vets at CAH. Got more advice. Even my wife got spooked by our experience. Clinically it was a broken leg. With humans, broken legs are set in splints. Would have meant 24/7 care for a while, but how many 3 legged dogs and cats have you seen? She was the weaker of the pair of magpie chicks who were brought to our door earlier this year. So if a weaker chick comes to our door again, we will set up a nest for it. If an injured animal crosses your path, our suggestion is get some professional advice and have a cup of tea. Then act, we hope this information will help to save some animals life. In memory of Baeh!

Big Boy came with the new little one. Then his concubine came and screeched wanting to be fed too. The little one (actually not so little, looks like it might be a cousin to a panda - so furry) we call it Baeh. Seems to have a good disposition. Eats from my beautiful wife's fingers. And Big Boy feeds it exclusively. An odd situation where Dad is the sole feeder.

Aww look at them selling their calendars. Sooooo cute cute cute

My girlfriend freckles called to me this morning but obviously her fledgling is taking his time. She hasnโ€™t bought him round yet. I miss them so much.

That raven in the background is raven mad for being left out...

I get heaps of maggies sitting on my fence, cause they want to eat the dog food.

Today a Mum had a young one on the grass and they had an amazing chat(for at least 2 minutes) then she was showing it how to pluck food from the grass . Great to watch them

Just love the new calendar. Beautiful photos. Love the baby smelling the flower. Thanks. One for me and two others for Christmas presents.

We have about 12 or more they come in when I throw food to the chooks hilarious watching the brown tornados run full pelt at the magpies

Love love love my magpies. I have mother, father, 2 years ago baby (f), last years baby (f) and now 2 this year. Love them.

I only have 2 ATM. They both take the food away now, so must have chicks near.

Anita, a pair of songbirds for a listen on...

I have my calendar and I love โค๏ธ it. Thank you. โ˜ฎ๏ธ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

Shared - hope you get a few more bites ๐Ÿ™‚

Annie... I think we should get one โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ–ค๐Ÿฆ

Love the video mine have been this morning

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4 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

To celebrate reaching over 100,000 followers, (gobsmacked! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ) we've made this video starring R2-D2, when he used to rule the roost here at Magpie Manor <3 By the way, our Australian Magpie calendars are back! (check the comments below for more info)
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This is Ric..he comes and sits with me for afternoon drinks.. I'm patiently waiting for him and his two wives to bring the babies over soon..! Love my Pies!

I so wish I could put water out for the native birds but unfortunately every time I do that it attracts more of those awful Indian Myna birds to take up residence. They are taking over whole suburbs around Australia yet they are still not formally recognised as a pest species. Until the department of environment bloody addresses this disaster that is in plain view, our councils will continue to sit on their hands. Soon all our natives will be pushed out by these determined aggressive introduced species of Indian Myna birds. An urgent situation that nothing is being done about.

My neighbour (politely) asked if I could only feed "my" birds over in the park, not in my garden as the proliferation of birds was upsetting for her and her children. I can see their point esp at nesting time but it is a shame...and the maggies don't understand that I can't feed them anymore at the door....hmmm...

We have a family of magpies in our large gum tree. They come down to our front garden & entertain us every morning. The Mum feeds her two babies & then the babies roll around & play on the grass. They are truly beautiful

I notice your videos getting all over the internet. You'll have to take credit for improving the reputation of magpies in Australia and building support for them. Absolutely fantastic job, well done!!!

I was warned that the magpies are very territorial and dive bomb you at certain times of the year, so was a little weary of them. However, I haven't had that problem fortunately, even when out and about walking the dog. We have a family of magpies that return year after year with babies in tow. I can now hand feed the adults and sit in my yard and they happily wander around teaching their babes how to play and feed. At times the adults have walked into the house and sat warbling their merry tune. I love having them about, nature keeps you real in this crazy world of instant everything.

My dog just looked up at me while I was watching this....its Spring here so the magpies are swooping her so she was just checking with me if there are any magpies in our lounge room ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

A family of maggies live at my place. I so love their pre dawn birdsong. And they come into the house quite happily. Marvelous creatures.

Just watched this video and I can hear a baby maggie outside begging for food from mum. Made a great accompaniment to the video!

Magpies are so cheeky! We had a magpie that lived with us and she adored having a bath. So beautiful to watch. She loved splashing around! Then she would get out and lay down in the sun.

I used to believe magpies were an invasive imported species. There was one who used to visit my balcony but I shooed it away with a broom. I regret not knowing what I know now - I wouldโ€™ve made friends with it sigh.

It must be such a proud feeling. Your parents would be extremely proud. Thanks for all your help & congratulations ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Love love love magpies. And their warbling is like no other bird song. We have of Maggie families around us but they are still pretty wild. At least they don't swoop us.

So funny,love magpies! We have a bird seeder and bird bath in our back yard,the maggie's,parrots,doves and finches love it! Love birds!

Hahaha love it..they're the Bain of my life as a pushie ride... ( I do so with and Umbrella :-/ or a large leafy branch ) but god I love them

I absolutely LOVE your videos...I have always loved magpies and recognize just how special they are !

It is raining here & I heard father maggie singing his heart out on a chair under the patio roof. He just kept singing. Love that in the mornings.

When I put the sprinkler on the lawn they practically line up to shower in it while some like to fly through it.

Sharing about Big Boy. There was a currawong invasion. He arrived after battle, with two grown females in two. After the babies were born Big Boy made 3 sorties of trips to the nest a day, with 11-12 flights to the nest each sortie. From looking like a undertaker, hunched shoulders etc, Big Boy looks like a sleek alpha predator. He is in the pink of health and so regal. But he is a pussycat, who trots after the mother like a tiny tot. He lands on the mother's leg and waits to be hand fed. Haven't seen the babies yet. The buthchies and mynahs and the odd other birds all coexist in peace. The incredible thing is that they are wild birds.

Thats so cute . I have a bird bath out for them , plus a small bowl on the ground near the back door for my old cat , all the birds except the minahs , go straight for the small bowl ๐Ÿ˜Š

Iโ€™ve been making friends with the local magpies since I moved into a new place recently ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m hoping theyโ€™ll accept my offerings!

Oh that gives me an idea for a water bath for my macdougall family especially now I can hear babies and with summer approaching ๐Ÿ™‚

Quick question. I have Maggies I my backyard as well as many others including Crows, only ones I don't like or want is the Crows. Is there any way of nicely getting the Crows to bugger off, as they eat all the food and dirty all the drinking water, any ideas please

I miss my Magpie so much. I think about her all the time. She would sit on my shoulder and we'd go for walks along the river heaps of people would come up to meet her.

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We're stoked that The Dodo, made a little feature video of us. <3 At this time of the year when so much negativity is focused on these birds, thanks for helping spread the Australian Magpie love! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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We've been making friends with a few in our area for the last 8 months. They come down for a feed, fly off to their nests, come back for more a couple of times through the day. How long will it take for them to bring their babies down for a feed? I am getting keen to meet my grand-babies.

I rode my bike down by the river a couple of days ago, and there was a male who swooped me as I went past. i'd say they were warning swoops, no contact, maybe a couple of beak clicks. So when I got past, kept riding, as far as I wanted to ride that day, I stopped and got some sappy wattle branch bits to stick in my helmet (to keep him a safe distance in case i riled him even more by going back again), and it sounds weird, but apart from keeping my eyes down, i just tried to think happy thoughts...non-confrontational thoughts...and he swooped again, but it seemed a little less. I'm hoping that if I do the same a few times he'll get to know me and that I'm no threat. Maggies a bit further on were calm and not bothered...

I love all animals and we have a few of our own wild and free maggies.....But they can also be so aggressive with others - I had to grab a dove off 2 the other morning - they had pecked his eye and half of his head and needed to be put down when we got to the vet. Little sad

Humans make bloody wars for nothing? But birds are bad if they defend their own ? No wonder the planet is upside-down ! Sheeesh !

I watched a butcher bird swooping and attacking a cyclist the other day. You just have to be mindful, the swooping season doesn't last for ever. Love my maggies

Best birds ever. My two maggie families save my sanity on a daily basis when I come home to them waiting for me in the yard. I luvs them <3

Maggies are just misunderstood, they are the sweetest birds ๐Ÿฆ if you feed them they don't attack and they will remember that ๐Ÿ˜Š

Our dear sweet elderly neighbour fed the birds, Kookas and magpies, everyday. They were her best friends up until the day she passed at 94 years of age.

I'm sitting here reading this, with my birds calling me outside. They can see through my window i am up.

Thank you for sharing your magpie experiences ! In all my years I have never had a problem with these lovely birds , I have hand reared young birds with the 'support' of other birds and have witnessed how caring these birds are ! I also learned very quickly that these birds learn to identify their friends and their calls and behaviours let me know if there are visitors or strangers in the area ! Much maligned by a few , loved and appreciated here ! ๐Ÿ™‚

I started feeding the magpies and babies living in the big tree next to my yard immediately i moved in. 3 adults and 4 babies. The adults stopped swooping the people and dogs walking by the fence and the babies often wandered around the yard. When the birds grew some left and a pair stayed and had babies. One baby magpie fell out of the tree and ended up wandering around the yard but couldn't fly high enough for the tall tree. So before dark i caught it in a soft towel and transported it to the tree across the street which I could reach the branch - it took two attempts to get it up into the tree safely. It's parent heard it squawk and flew to its aid but saw that i had captured the baby - so I waited to see if it would attack me. Hoping it wouldn't because I used to feed it before. It actually walked (not flew) across the road with me as I transported it to the smaller tree. It stood below me at my feet while I gently placed the baby on the branch (and it got a fright and dropped to the ground so I had to recapture it - with its parent watching). It finally stayed in the tree on the branch and eventually made it up higher (after about an hour of me sitting on my front steps monitoring it to make sure it didn't fall out of the tree again ) I knew the parents slept in that tree at night so why i chose the tree. the baby got older and adopted me and would visit for food twice a day or just play in the yard. Sometimes he'd hop up the back steps into the kitchen or from the carport roof into the living room through the window if he saw me. I also fed 3 magpies, 6 butcher birds adults and babies, 12 minor birds, baby kookaburra. Plus had a baby owl sit on my front steps for a few hours until the mother returned. Sadly I had to move but the neighbors said they will feed the baby magpie as he's friendly and followed them around the garden now. I visited the house 3wks later and took the birds some mince and he came to me along with the butcher birds when I called. The magpie knew my car. He wasn't hungry so that was a good sign. He's the resident magpie now. I've been swooped in other areas by butcher birds. The next visit i took mince and fed him and others and whistled their whistle and they didn't swoop me. They just need to know you are not a threat. Mince is good and a bit of time to talk to them I will have to do the same thing now in my new area as butcher birds living along the river walking track. My dad lives rural and he's got a dozen birds visiting and lorikeets that left a baby with him to mind for 3hrs until they returned - he's animal whisperer as he's got possums too.

They are the most wonderful birds I too love them. They seem to visit every time I am really stressed. Love them.

Just made friends with a couple of maggies who live on the ridge behind our place. Theyre characters and they bring their friends to say hi!

We have Jack and jill, they have been living in my area for years. I always give them a little food here and there and this year they moved there nesting spot to a tree in front of our house, i thought that was lovely. Im not stressed about them swooping becaues they dont, ive seen them swoop other animals but never a human, pretty sure they realise we are not a threat.

I love magpies! I grew up with a pair called Jack and Jill and they were so friendly they would come into the house and sing out for us. I could listen to them sing for hours. It is mesmerising.

The swooping usually happens when nests need defending, and they're just a bit proactive in their defense.. And if you wear hats, they don't like hats; sometimes sunglasses throw them off, and shiny things in your hair such as hairpins etc.. They don't like large groups of people clamoring either, nor do they like loud groups, or skateboarders and cyclists, they're not too keen on them.. But other than the nest reason, the hat reason, the glasses reason, the hairpins, the groups of people; the loud people, the quiet people; diminutive people; really tall people; people with red hair, brown or blond hair, perms and curls; skaters, cyclists and dogs, I find them to be really great birds who get a bad rap.

I recently have two coming to visit in my garden to forage for worms. They have a nest in a big tree nearby and take it in turns to fly over. So beautiful and friendly too, I love them โคโค

I love my Magpies and they love me back. I love that they trust enough to introduce you to their baby it's one of the best feelings in the world, welcome you in the morning and when you come home at night.

I have one magpie visit not every day who has half a beak top and bottom. Not sure how this would have happened. Appreciates softening the food. Another family have a growth on their feet which as they get older they stand on one leg and later cannot stand on either leg and so nest. Any thought any one?

Thanks for posting! Every post helps people who love every bird feel that they are not alone. And someone as gorgeous as yourself makes me feel like I am not the girl Friday.

I'm never really sure about the issue with Magpies swooping. Where a big hat if you're in a park. If it's know the park has nesting birds that are aggressive..don't go there. End of story

Love our little Maggie family, so friendly and always call us for some tidbits. Just waiting for them to bring the baby around

My mother in law now has three butcher birds (not magpies) visit her. The parent has bought the littlies in.

I love my 3 magpies I use to have so many birds when I lived in boreen point I never thought I would have any birds come see me when I moved and the 1st visitors were magpies I have been where I live now for over 2 years and I have named them hop and daffodil and their baby peek a boo I had Maggie and mags and their baby pip when I lived in boreen point Qld I think about all my bird friends we had so many different kinds

We have a family of Maggie's here at our house, they have been 'members' of our family for years. We had to stop feeding them because of getting our new cat. However, she is adapting to them slowly and hopefully we can get back to where we were before puss. They share our home with a wattle bird who is very greedy, but has developed a relationship with our cat already, they are so much fun to watch !

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5 months ago

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How precious is this video of a baby Australian Magpie hatching?! <3 Thank you, Shanelle, for posting this video of yours to our page!

This is what some Magpie fathers out there are trying to protect, please give them a break. If you see a sign in your area warning you about swooping birds, then do the sensible thing and STAY AWAY.

Would you go swimming in the ocean if there were shark warning signs placed on your local beach? Not likely! So what do you do? Naturally, you stay out of the sharkโ€™s territory until the sign has disappeared and itโ€™s safe to go back into the water.
Please try and treat Magpie warning signs with as much caution and respect... they are there for a reason, to help protect us, but the signs are utterly useless if people disregard them.

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Hi Magpie Whisper fans - - For those who have been wondering how I got so close to be able to capture these amazing videos I'll give you a bit of background. 3 years ago Mabel & Murray built this nest perched high on the side of the building (3 floors up) where I work, unfortunately one day the winds were so strong that the nest blew off, absolutely devastating for all of us. So last year when they starting building the nest again we had to do everything we could so that they had every chance of survival, so in comes the cherry picker with some very kind hearted tradespeople who built them a house (milk crate) and secured it to the ledge. It has a roof to protect them from the elements and its right up against the window. And so Minnie and Moe were born, they are still around however flown the coup. Again this year they re-prepared the nest as the crows had devoured some of it, and 3 eggs were laid, with Milly hatching on Monday (yes we name them). Its the best experience anyone could ever wish for!! We are patiently awaiting the next arrival hopefully in the next day or so, some pictures of their before & after nest ... โ™ฅ

So beautiful xx I have the pleasure in seeing willie wagtails born every year xx

Gorgeous! I really miss my magpies. A flock of crows has moved in to the area and muscled the maggies out. ๐Ÿ™

Love my maggies , but the noisy miners , give one of my maggies hell . They torment him relentlessly ๐Ÿ˜ข

Have you set up a box in your trees, or have you got captive magpies and are breeding them? Didn't think magpies would use a box.

We had this lovely one visit last yr, too impatient to wait outside for the food. She stills comes every year for extras to feed her babies.

We have a large group of Magpies - 15 in total and each year they introduce their new arrivals. They follow me around the yard and sometimes just come in for company. We love them. Also have a pair of Mudlarks, a pair of Willie Wagtails and this year a pair of Butcher birds. So blessed. Oh and we keep Australian parrots as a hobby so Galahs and Short and Long Billed parrots are also seasonal visitors.

We feed our local Magpies and they are above bar comedy value. And they don't mind waking me up early or having a late arvo warble when they reckon the kitchen is open. It's a living ๐Ÿ™‚

Please, be careful about cutting down trees. Inspect carefully for nesting birds if you must cut.

Magpie whisper question our newest female magpie keeps leaving us gifts! Not of the poo kind but frogs worms and sometimes like yesterday a baby snake dead but still..

Yes. There are instagram accounts that appear to just live off of all the magpie swooping. So unfair. The more these idiots go out and harass these birds, the worse the stigma attached to them becomes ๐Ÿ˜ก

saw a young lad throwing stones at them in the park in moora . i told him to give them some food . we have never been attacked by magpies , because we give them some kindness every day like food scraps

We.have magpies nesting and can hear a baby, first thing in morning I feed Mr. & Mrs Maggie love them.

My Maggie minions tell me very quickly if I am late feeding the cats.. Yes, I know it's bad for them... But I'm not telling them they can't eat it! ๐Ÿ˜€

This is so precious ๐Ÿฃ. I have 2 mum's and dad (and the 2 runts from last year) coming in for a top up to what they are grubbing from the garden. Can't wait to meet the new babies.๐Ÿฃ

I have a pair coming for food, more often then usual , and I was wondering if they had there babies.. the last breed was only one.. hope there is more than one this time. ๐Ÿ˜€

You know you have an overactive maternal instinct when, upon viewing this video, your first emotion on seeing the baby bird lift its head and beg for food is to want to put your nipple in its mouth because youโ€™re currently a breastfeeding mother with your own little one and baby birds remind you of newborn human babies somehow! I AM SO WEIRD.

We have barn swallows that join us in the barn for the spring and summer while they raise two clutches of eggs. This year one enterprising pair decided to build a nest on the tenant's house porch. They continuously swooped at the tenants until they (the tenants) figured out they were protecting their nest and decided to use a different door in and out of the house. The swallows in the barn seem to know we (and our horses) are not a threat and do not swoop at us. Too bad people can't be more understanding of these lovely magpies - they are only protecting their babies.

Cute. Now we know why the parents swoop down on predators . A very scary experience here in Oz. always reminds me of the Hitchcock movie

Welcome to the world tiny one

Magpies nesting in our back paddock again this year.๐Ÿ’•We have a feeding post for them, l go out tap on the plate and down they come for their feed.

It isn't that easy to just "STAY AWAY" from a magpie territory. There are times that it is the ONLY way you can go, another or alternative route could take you miles out of your way. I think this is a bit simplistic in thinking. Do I really WANT to annoy them ? No ! Can I avoid them ? If POSSIBLE, Yes.

our local magpie family like to clean up the dogs ( home cooked) leftovers....they recognise the dog when we are out walking & dont swoop ...dont even growl at him...๐Ÿคฃ

Well done I have Mum (so gentle and the him the pig walks inside and stands by the fridge . This is there the third batch love them they know when i get home an give me a song for a treat

oohh wow so beautiful that first mouth open to the air omg i could cry for it! Thank you for sharing

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7 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

Befriending an Australian Magpie, is one of the most rewarding and positive experiences (trust me, I know all about this!) Once you've made friends with a Magpie, you have a friend for life.
Make time to educate yourself about these birds, and if youโ€™re open-minded and have a big heart, your opinion on these intelligent birds will surely change for the better. โค๏ธ

Many people have contacted us, describing how their views on Magpies have changed since coming across our content. We hope many more will continue to follow their lead! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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We get so much joy from our little magpie family that have adopted us as their humans. They brought their baby to us as soon as it was flying but sadly I think a feral cat got to it before it was confident on its wings. She seems to be feeding another baby now though so we are hoping to see another baby soon. ๐Ÿ˜

I hate it when the dad decides its time to chase the children away to nest again...he just bullied his 2 freemales away and l miss feeding them. One snuck back for a feed looking very sad but was soon chased off! Very sad

My magpie BB aka broken beak. She is blind in one eye and had only 1 leg. She's doing very well as you can see. Just wondering if she has eggs inside.

The most beautiful sound to me,is the chorus of maggies in the morning. I found an injured one recently, she was in a very bad way. Sadly, she didn't make it. ๐Ÿ˜ข

I love them so much... gorgeous characters, I can get a head scratch in if I'm lucky, but they won't sit on me. They do come to sing for me regularly, and then, in nesting season when I go out to get the mail, they attack me too. It's all taken in good faith though. I tried to help an injured baby off the road and onto a tree and mum/dad and some other family members thought I may have been up to no good. They haven't forgotten my face and I'm happy to report bubs survived his awkward youth and has joined the neighbours and has a family of his own now. Just means I have to sport a hat when I go out. Their intelligence truly amazes me. You have a way with them though, none have allowed me to get that close!

I heard an Australian ornitholgist expert in magpies talking on the radio. Sadly didn't get her name. She said magpies live up to 35 years and that people would love them even more if they knew about their longevity. They can recognise at least 10 human faces in their neighborhood and do not swoop the people that they recognise.

Do some consider them pests??? I think they are delightful and wish they lived here in Ohio where I live. I would love to have some Magpie besties!!!!

Live in southern USA but when in Ca had a pet crow for 12 years what a wonderful experience getting to know the wonderful intelligent corvid family

I have been with my maggies for almost 5 years, but I'm in a rental and will be leaving in November... I feel sad and guilty that they won't understand why I'm not here any more ๐Ÿ™

Thank you as always, whatever mood I am in, watching your birds always lightens up my mood. W O N D E R F U L, and funny enough I am miles and miles away in Germany, but I am touched as if I were there with you and the birds. Much love to all of you

I came to Australia from England in 1978. Some of my earliest memories in this country were of waking up on our Christmas holidays at Bonnie Doon caravan park to the sound of Magpies. My wife and I are about to redo our front garden and want to have only native plants to attract birds. Can you suggest any specific plants and trees that will attract magpies? We do have quite a few maggies around that already dig in the non-native lawn. We're replacing the lawn with a native grass.

To the Maggie Whisperer - I have three young ones who have decidedly BROWN backs which I have not seen before. they do not have their adult plumage, yet, so do not know how it will change. they are a delight. The Native Ark Rescue here in W.Australia have urged people not to feed them [all Native Creatures - see problems in Fraser Is.] as, we tend to get to really know Maggies & feed them in our older years, therefore, we can 'disappear' & leave them unfed.

we have a pair that have been coming to our home for many many years. They bring their babies once they are flying and spend many hours entertaining us and the mother will sit on my knee while I sit in the sun watching them in the birdbath

I had 11 magpies and butcher birds that used to come in (of an afternoon they would all come in at once). Most would sit on me. I had 1 Maggie and I butcher bird, both only had 1 eye and they would sit on my shoulder and make me hand feed them. After 17 years they have died off but still a couple, but still have no bombings so I'm happy

There is nothing more heart warming than the sound of magpies chortling away in the morning. A few years ago I working in the Middle East for several years. I was fortunate enough to have a cassette tape of Australian bird calls, one of which was Magpies singing. I used to sit outside in our housing compound listening to this tape. The number of people who used to come out asking where the bird was, and what kind of bird it is was amazing. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Nicole Lewis - check this video out and the other amazing ones on her page. You'll totally change your perception of magpies. we used to have young maggies come have a feed on our lawn at our old place. I would whistle the same kind of tune and in a sweet voice say "hey maggie" every time they were nearby. They would come right up to say hi, literally a foot in front of me.

I had made friends with a maggie family at our previous house, I miss them. When we were moving they came trotting inside the house (they had never done that before). Must have wondered what was going on. One time I was out in the front yard playing with the kids and had a sprinkler on. The hose was brown. Maggie, I'm sure thought it was a snake at first. It was like he was trying to protect us. Afterwards he proceeded to play in the sprinkler with us ๐Ÿ˜Šโค

Holy moly! Was that bit with the stick and the rubber chicken... was the magpie knowingly using the stick as a weapon? I'd love to see more about that sort of behavior. Do they hit each other with sticks, too?

We've had a magpie family visiting us for the last 5yrs morning noon & afternoon & have built a trusting relationship where they feed from my hand. They are such a beautiful bird!

You never gave that magpie a chance Peter Bo Russink. He just wanted to befriend you! Heading to Germany on Thursday. A pity that we can't catch up unless you are in Austria! Have a great summer holiday!

I loved our pet magpie like no other, he was orphaned and the best pet in the farm, he made our lives rich with laughter. I adore magpies. They are so cheeky and loving.

Been feeding mine for three years now they let me know when they are there . I also love the butcher birds that follow my magpies they swoop for the mince and I can directly throw it to thier mouths . Such beautiful animals โค๏ธ

Stewart. Maybe just have something like one of these as a 'pet'? Feed it if we're home, it can drink from a puddle, exercises itself AND if we're nice he won't dive bomb us from behind lol.

I've loved maggies all my life - I grew up hearing them carolling every day in a massive gum tree behind our house. I loved that sound, it was part of my childhood. When I moved from Ballarat East to Soldiers Hill (closer to the city) there were no magpies at all...then, a few years later, I heard their carolling again! I always said it just took them all a while to find me. ๐Ÿ˜Š

This baby magpie, I picked her mum up off the side of the road near my house about 2 years ago. She had an injured leg. Once she healed I let her go and she made the big old gumtree out the front her home. Mum never became friendly, but last spring she brought her 3 new babies to my verandah. This little girl still comes in daily and has breakfast. She and my rainbow lorikeet have become mates, and play with each other through the window

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7 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

Befriending an Australian Magpie, is one of the most rewarding and positive experiences (trust me, I know all about this!) Once you've made friends with a Magpie, you have a friend for life.
Make time to educate yourself about these birds, and if youโ€™re open-minded and have a big heart, your opinion on these intelligent birds will surely change for the better. โค๏ธ

Many people have contacted us, describing how their views on Magpies have changed since coming across our content. We hope many more will continue to follow their lead! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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We have a neighborhood magpie called "Maggie". She comes to say hellomost days. She even taps on the side door when she gets here. She is beautiful and always sings away.

I LOVE Magpies. I have a family in my street and they know me. They bring their babies over to show them they can hop on my balcony and sing to me and I'll come and give them food. The older ones will take it from my hand. When I go for a walk they will litterally come and look up and sing at me....if I see them and say hello they sing in response ... My neighbours saw this the other day ..I was chatting to a mum and baby magpie. They were on the path pulling worms out and we had quite a conversation about it. This neighbour blanched in horror at the mad lady talking to the magpies and when she noticed they were replying she ran into her house!๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

I do think we have to be careful about making wildlife dependent on us. I also think it's important to feed them what they would eat in the wild. My parents have bought birdseed ever since they were able to start doing so, and those fatballs for the winter. We are a selfish race, and while it can be fun to befriend animals, we and our families then have a responsibility. People go on holiday, move house....and the animals are already dependent on you. Sorry to sound like such a sad sack, but true respect for animals comes from understanding and respecting their natures.

At least 3x per day about 30 come for a feed of mince. Alpha male has a deformity - only tiny stubs for 'toes' he walk kinda funny and we call him No Toes. He's definitely a leader ๐Ÿ˜€

We are pensioners and buy 'no brand' devon knobs which we cut into small pieces....the Magpies, Kookaburras, a family of Butcherbirds , Peewees and now Corellas come each day . The Magpies and Butcherbirds have a very similar song and sing to us at the balcony door. The Magpie babies are brought and taught we are safe and should the screen door be accidentally left open they will come inside but usually stand and wait . They are close to taking the food from our hands but it is getting too hard to get low enough for them

I rescued a baby magpie in NZ and reared it, teaching it to catch worms and helping it to fly. It brought me endless hours of joy and laughter. He could mimic any bird in the garden. He preferred to ride on my shoulder or hop along on the ground behind me although he was free to fly. He was a wonderful companion.

And if you befriend even one magpie you will never be swooped in that neighborhood as they'll pass the word around

I used to have a magpie (named Bran) who would tap on my window every morning to get me out, one day he found a mate and had little ones. One morning he tapped on my window , I went out and he left me with his little ones to look after. Lol I was their baby sitter. Funniest thing ever.

I adore the magpie family that visit me.....only the mumma eats from my hand so far but her husband is getting more confident..... any tips on what else to feed these darling birds other than mince?

I've always liked magpies I never understand why people don't like them . It's the same with pigeons a lot of people hate them and I really don't know why xxxx

The Council in the area I live bans you feeding Wild Birds and the Apt. Block where I live complained about me feeding the Magpies....4 girls and 1 Boy. I AM DISGUSTED with people's lack of appreciation for nature.

A few years ago I was fortunated to have a magpie nest in a near by tree, over the years I watched several families develop and they entertained us on a regular basis, they are amazing birds and we became very friendly throughout the time. One most memorable time for me was a snake was in our back yard near the clothes line, firstly the youngest bird flew down beside me & started squarking at the snake before I knew what was relly happening the whole family were there and they chased the snake out of our yard, I still cannot believe what I witnesed, they were protecting me.

I wish everyone could experience what it is like to befriend these magnificent, adorable, funny, cheeky, intelligent, playful, loyal, (I could go on) beautiful birds. Seeing them every day and waking up to their "Good morning, I'm here! Could I please have some breakfast?" song, is the one of the most rewarding things in my life (and lunch and dinner songs...). As well as having them just come and hang out at our house just to sing and play when they aren't hungry too. โค๏ธ They're my beautiful feathered friends โค๏ธ๐Ÿฆโค๏ธ๐Ÿฆโค๏ธ๐Ÿฆ

Had one we named Henry but we think it really was Henrietta. Was great mates with our little dog and whenever we had visitors we couldn't tell which one was barking. Henry always would hang onto the men's trouser legs and onto women's skirts and swing back and forth. My mum at first would get up early to dig for worms for him then once she gave him mince he would turn up his beak at worms...no more worms. He slept at night in an old coolgardie safe and each morning would hop down and sit on a chair outside Mum and Dad's window and sing until one of them got up. We only once managed to get a fleeting photo of him as he seemed to sense when we were lurking about with a camera and would run and hide. One day he ran outside barking when a stray dog walked past and the "mongrel" got Henry on his back and pushed his little chest bones in..he only survived a day. Still miss him after 54 years but love talking to our local ones here and I am sure they know deep down how much we loved one long ago.

We loved our Maggie's, every year our little clan grew as they would bring their babies to meet us. They are such fun loving birds xx

We love the friendly magpie family who visit us. The mother (Maggie) has been coming for about ten years. And yes she brings her babies to us as well. Also have Kookaburras, Butcher Birds and Lorekeets. Plenty of others too but they're the quietest.

I have a daily meeting with 'Dad' a bird I first met about 15 years ago. We quickly became friends, particularly as he learnt that I could provide a treat on a daily basis. He and his first partner raised several families usually either two to three youngsters. Some of these spent up to two seasons before being 'moved on' by Dad. Two seasons back Dad lost his partner who was electrocuted whilst feeding a young one across two electricity wires. Within a week Dad had a new partner who is considerably shyer than the previous one. She still collects a daily treat but I cannot hand feed her. This will sound silly to some people but, in my senior years, these maggies have helped me to understand what's important in life and it's certainly not 'things'!

I live in a retirement village and there is a family of5 i have been feeding for 6 months with cheese and meat they prefer the cheese they sit on my clothes line and worble till i feed them and even tap on the door and Windows to get my attention they make my day

This is my current view, scrubland being turned into reserve. It will be lovely when done but the poor magpies have lost some food source in the meantime. I feed them beef mince in the mornings. Sometimes during the day if I'm sitting on the deck there are a few that are confident enough to come and say hello and sit with me for awhile, it's lovely โค๏ธ

I love your videos and I enjoy your sense of humour! Unfortunately tjere are no Magpies in Austria! If I should ever have the chance to travel to Australia I would highly appreciate to learn from you! Best regards from Vienna

Were in nz and they make great pets there not protected here one we got from a breeder awesome pet could whistle lots of tunes sounded like a man, caused a bit of trouble with neighbours after it learnt to wolf whistle lol. And another we rescued from our cats since it couldn't fly yet it was too young sky was a lovely bird till she joined up with her family and then one day when she tried to come home they attacked her. And she never came back sadly they might have killed her, so in future I would clip a wing so she couldn't fly off.

We had a family of magpies when I was a kid. Mum would put the chicken carcasses on the pump shed roof and they would all tuck in. We were never swooped. Not once. These magpies would be at our heels as we turned the soil in the vege patch. Love these birds, their personality and their song.

Your backyard is most certainly magpie heaven ๐Ÿ˜Š Thank you for all the wonderful videos. We don't have magpies here in Ontario, Canada so I find it awesome I can enjoy your page. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

We had a family that nested in the same tree every year. We lived there for about 6 years. By the end of that time they would wait at the back door for bacon scraps. Mumma would teach the babies we were ok. I got to watch the babies play fighting on the kids trampoline! And they would sing for us, oh how they could sing!! I miss that! They are beautiful birds.

Magpies are also amazing mimics. We befriended a group of maggies who would tap on our windows for food at the same time every day and were very unafraid of us. We had a cat at the time who used to meow at the door to be let in. One day, I heard meowing and opened the door to find a magpie standing on the mat looking up at me. Meowing. I'm not kidding. It was a perfect impression of our cat. It was a little bit surreal! It didn't come in...I think it just wanted a snack.

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7 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

Taking the kids, Mini, Snoopy and GWO for a walk <3 They do this every time I go to visit them, instant mood booster! (They're on a closed road, no traffic goes by ๐Ÿ˜Š) ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you for this - just so adorable. I really needed this .Yesterday, i lost my best furry friend, Pansy, my 15 yr old kitty over the Rainbow Bridge. Pansy was my everything . Now, I have no more furry best friends. I am lost without Pansy. Thank you again for bringing me a smile - Bless you ๐Ÿ™‚

thank you for your informative page. I have a wild baby magpie (from last year) whose parents are chasing him away - ready I suppose for their new spring baby. What can I do for the rejected baby- I feed them all - father is attacking him and he/she then resorts to crouching and sounding like a baby so that they will still accept him/her. Any advice would be appreciated.

I love when they run with their wings out, it's like they want to hug you (or air out their armpits) ๐Ÿ˜‚

I had a pretty little pink quartz stone in my garden and it's gone. I suspect a magpie nicked it. They loiter with intent in the area.

Had a mum dad and baby now I just have mum and dad they keep chasing the baby away is this what happens?

We have 25 regulars that come for a visit every day. If I'm not up quick enough they tap on the window or door lol.

Bella Otevrel I recon you need to try this for your anxiety. This girl has bad anxiety and the maggies help her... I think you should write to her on facebook and make a friend with someone who shares your similar situation. She could really be someone you become good friends with.... I love these guys, I had no idea how friendly they are and love this page, the magpie whisperer... take a look sweetheart I love her story....

Isn't it nice how they walk to support their special magpie (you) that can't fly ๐Ÿ™‚

Very clever with the special effects, just the right music! Gave me a good laugh and my dog is fooled every time she hears your magpies indoors

I spotted my Darling (she has a damaged wing, easy to spot) on the road, slowed down, put my window down and told her to get off the road. She did ๐Ÿ˜‚

Ty for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚ have a regular crew that comes with cheeky mudlarks, cautious crows, a pair of lorrakeets and a couple of wild ducks.... love them to bits and always entertaining when I'm out on The porch in the evenings with a stubby ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ magpies galore warbling their guts out. Only in Australia โค๏ธ neighbours call me the bird lady lol

Is there a way to attract magpies to my area ? Anything I can plant to make it a more attractive environment? I would dearly love to have some ๐Ÿ˜

your posts' are fabulous and create instant warmth and smiles! thank you!

When we were children we had a pet Maggie, he flew in our backyard one day and stayed.our He was so lovely followed us everywhere. Slept in the dogs kennel with the dog. Cat wasn't so keen on him tho. We would come home from school and call. "Maggie Maggie magpie where are you" and he would greet up. Lovely memories of a dear pet. Cannot remember what became of him โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Œ

LOL, Lyn!!!! Love this!!! Actually there's a woman over here who regularly feeds them bits of mince and groups of them wait in certain spots for her to arrive.

Since we lost our furry friend Bindi,1o months ago,three Magpies have befriended us.They come here everyday for their meat treats and are so lovable and friendly....they have been a blessing to us <3 :)..

Love it. Thank you. Great to watch and hear their song. Such an iconic and nostalgic Australian sound and for an Aussie living in U.K. Magpies here in UK don't sing. Will be watching your videos regularly.

Lianne, itโ€™s just like Ren and Stimpy, they prefer to walk rather than fly ๐Ÿ˜‚

Ann Roses our two fears.. Magpies and "clown" circus music ...

It is funny when they run with their wings out. But one must stop to wortle! ๐Ÿ™‚ <3

we have 2 wild maggies. Have been visiting us for many years. they bring their babies when they are old enough also then off they go to find their own way when they are old enough and we start a new family again

I'm so sorry for your loss, Daveen. I feel your heartache as I have lost both dog and cat furry babies. They are in our hearts forever.

That's me sorted, going out now with a smile on my face. These critters are special.

My family had to reign in the two youngsters yesterday morning as they were annoying dad a little too much .. but like the death stare given with a little nip

Erico Freitas olha que pรกssaros maneiros. ๐Ÿ™‚

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7 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

Throwback to this time last year ๐Ÿ˜Š<3

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Always such a delight to see wild birds playing like this! <3
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Made my day today. I had no idea that they had so much personality. Just like little kids playing. I love all my birds. I wish we had magpies here in TN. Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿฆ

Disgusting habit I know but I smoke.. And I always have one with my head stuck out the bedroom window last thing at night. Well I leave the butt In an ashtray on the window sill with the window open. Each morning ( very early) I was being woken by tapping sounds, and each morning my ciggie butt was gone. One morning last week I heard the tapping... jumped up and caught the culprit, a magpie !! I felt awful that this bird had developed a habit and obviously concerned that I'd unintentionally poisoned it. I haven't had a ciggie out the window since but the magpie still comes and pops in the window.

This one came and said hello when we were staying in the Gold Coast few weeks ago

I have a query about my 4 magpies. I usually hear them "waking up" around 7am, but the last week or so I am hearing them about 2am in the morning actually waking us up in their trees in the reserve next door to us....any thoughts about this behavior??

I love your videos of the magpies. Thanks for posting.

Paula you need to put toys out!

And new babies will soon be here to start all over again. Lol

I love watching the magpies....they are such wonderful goof balls!!!!

*friend turns around* *jumps 3 feet in the air and chases friend*

i just love watching these cute videos, i so wish we had them here in georgia.... but i have one question??? can you please inter act with the people that post comments??? it would be nice, to have you answer questions, and help people understand about these funny birds...

We have this family of magpies in our street they were next door singing

So funny watching him using his wing to keep him from falling over.

I love their noises, Mine are all starting their nest building I think, they nest in my yard yearly, so many this year all warbling their beautiful song

I love watching them. They are better than human comedians

I love how you leave lots of toys in the garden for Magpies to play with ๐Ÿ˜Š

we have not seen your page in a while so hello We lost one our little ones he was a bit off and then nature took over before we could do any thing the elders ended his misery and he is now over the rainbow bridge bless his little heartxxx

I love how he didn't even let go of the ball the tell the other one to go away haha

We use to have sooooo many of them. Then the bird flu came and 90% died. It's been 7 years now and some are showing up along with house sparrows and red, yellow wing black birds

Love these guys. They are adorable ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Always make me smile

Frequently falling sideways and looking around to see who is watching? ๐Ÿคฃ

Now that boots has gone do you have any others who play in your garden?

David Gourlay reminds me of squawker ๐Ÿ˜Š

Regan should try this with Trevor and the gang

Het zijn jonge honden in een vogelpak.

Lapasrada Da. Reminds me when we fed them at yours and Dad's. Xx

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8 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

I love going to visit R2-D2, Baldy and Mrs.R2. I also love giving people a giggle when they walk past and see us! We're just showing the people walking past, how wonderful magpies are <3
We get quite a few curious people stopping dead in their tracks, watching the magpies sitting there with a big smile on their face (with people often taking photos ๐Ÿ˜‚) Have a look in the mirror, 20 seconds into the clip!

โœด๏ธ A little bonus I added at the end of this video - A clear example showing how to tell the difference between a male and a female Magpie (a question I get asked quite a lot!) The adult male has a white back, while the adult female has a mottled grey back/nape ๐Ÿ˜Š

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This really put a smile on Normands face...he doesn't recognise lately...but THIS he did ..thankyou Mel

My Maggie family come running as soon as they see me too! Lol. The big daddy seems fearless with me now, sitting on my lap to steal the biggest piece of food I have.. lol. The others stand around like this to wait their turn! Haha. They're all part of my every day now. ๐Ÿ™‚

I see several people here feed their wild magpies but the mobile vet told me the other day not to feed mince especially. Preferably not feed them at all. What is everyone else doing? The Magpie Whisperer, your thoughts would be interesting too?

I love the songs that a coupled Male and Female magpie make. Each day I feed them I ask them to sing, and they do. What I find amazing is how the two synchronise their song. Some parts are the same, some parts one maggie pauses while the other sings, then vice, versa. Sounds really odd, when only one is present and just sings THEIR PART only as they still pause in the places their partner should sing.

I've found the female is the grumpy one. The male comes in to get the food, he eats quickly and zooms off before cranky pants gets there. She is not as friendly as him. She must be really pissed off with looking after eggs or babies because she's even started attacking the butcher birds who come to eat. I've never seen her swoop a human though. Although I wouldn't put it past being the females that do swooping. She is cranky.

I taught my grandkids to feed maggies when they came to visit ....funny thing was I would get home from work at different hours to find them at my backdoor for a feed ..I would ask my wife how long have the kids (thats what I use to call my maggies) been here ..and she wiuld tell me that tgey heard my motorbike coming and knew it was me and they will get food haha ..smart and beautiful little buggers lol ..they had tgeir own personalities ..and yes they all had names ..even bought there babys around each new season

My grandmother fed her maggie and maggie may for 20 years and going into a home and leaving them behind broke her heart, luckily another neighbour took the baton and now looks after them. After we moved into our house we started getting visits from two friendly maggies and now we have mr and mrs who come in daily, they also recognise my car and show up as soon as I pull into the driveway.

We have a family of Magpies that often come to visit and two that were recently brave enough to just stroll into our house for a sticky beak ๐Ÿ˜†

This our McDougall family who have been visiting us for three years now.. the dad and I get along very well and the kidlets are quite boisterous while mum takes her time ๐Ÿ™‚

He southern magpies have more white on their backs than the ones up north. I have noticed the white back evoking more pronounced in the wild. Beautiful funny birds. I have also seen a crow tease a magpies by stealing its toy and hiding it in another place. The crow then stood back and watched the Margie look for its toy. It was a top off a biro, a blue one. ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒˆ

Fantastic, they are so beautiful, we have a family of approx ten visit and the sit on our chairs behind us on our patio, not a bit afraid they don't care about our Labrador or for that matter anything else.

We stared off with one, now have 6 most days. Love them. One now eats out of our hands, if we are a bit slow with dinner the yodelling starts up.

Makes me wish I lived in AU. So many wonderful birdpeople (people who are birds)!

I loved when they bought their little babys around ..1 because mum and dad knew it was a safe place for them ..and 2nd because tgey are the funniest little babys around with their silly little antics haha....I told my grandkids that if you feed them some meat they wont swoop gou ...and that if a mummy or daddy magpie dies tgen the other one most often wont find anotger partner ...my grandkids love magpies and always want to give them food when tgey see one ...one grandaughter even gave one her school lunch one day at school ..a ham sandwich

Love this! My hubby can mimic their song, we have a family of 7 that visit daily and they always have a sing along with hubby when he's home, waiting for him at the front gate ๐Ÿ™‚

I was playing this on my verandah and i started hearing my neighbourhood Maggies singing too. Great to watch, thnx.

Thank you Magpie whisperer. You are a legend. Your magpies fill my heart with joy and maggie soulmusic. So wonderful.

I would love to see a comparison beween a female and a juvenile as there is a bit of confusion in our household about who is who.

So they don't come to your yard any more? I'm in a rental, been here 4 years, but I do wonder what will happen when I eventually have to move. Hopefully I can still visit my birds at the park and they will do this ๐Ÿ˜€

sarebbero carine se poi non provocassero anche tanti danni. Da noi le hanno inserite per scacciare le zanzare ... ma fanno troppa confusione, mangiano le uova dei nidi di altri uccellini e poi sporcano ...

I have mr and mrs magpie who come. Mr magpie has a deformed foot and l nivk named him eddie after eddie scissor hand he would eat out of my hand. He brings his new babies for food They say they are very good with facial recognition. One day l went out to feed him but he wouldnt come near me which was strange. He keep moving his head as to be che king me out. I finally realised why he wouldnt come to me so l went inside and took my sunglasses off which l dont often wear. As soon as l walked back out he came straight to me. I love how he warbles to let me know hes there. He actually snuck inside the house once when the door was open looking for food because l was late

Lovely! Just like our resident maggies ๐Ÿ˜ƒ And we also have one who sounds just like R2D2! They are such a delight. They come to the back door several times a day, in between checking out the Chook yards where they take over the breakfast dishes while the chooks stand quietly by!

In SA most of the magpies have the white/grey go further down their backs.... this was the first thing I noted on my first visit to SA

That's really a difference between male and female magpies, and not just age? That's interesting. Usually corvidae don't show any sexual dimorphism.

Thank you so much. I m obviously like some others, love them passionately. One of the first criteria for my current house is that I had to be where I could hear them daily.

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8 months ago

The Magpie Whisperer

This is our little chat Boots and I had after arriving back home ๐Ÿ˜›

Just after I spent 2 months searching for Boots' new territory, which is a couple of kilometers away and finally finding him again, I had to leave him for 1 week!
Luckily, he was still in the same area when I went to visit him after my week away.

One of the ways I can tell the difference between all the magpies, is their warble. Each one has a unique voice (kind of like how us humans do!) which you learn to differentiate over time. As soon as I hear Boots' call, I'm 100% certain it's him and I know he's in the area <3
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So special. They know when we love themโค๏ธ They definitely are capable of trying to communicate with us. I have had the experience of an orphan maggie I raised was with us for two years. The last day I saw him he came to me and had a very long conversation like he never had before. I just know now that he was saying goodbye โ˜บ๏ธ

Do these birds wear watches? Fed one in the arvo. a few days ago,low and behold each day same time sitting and waiting for his treat. A little kangaroo meat.

When I watch TV series' that were filmed in Australia, I often hear the magpies in the background and wonder what they're saying.

He is so beautiful. He is definitely communicating with you! ๐Ÿ™‚

I have two maggies , that have been visiting me for well over a year. one was just a little fluff ball , defending and learning by himself , bigger ones use to attack him . i ran out to his aid , but they chased him after peckinh him quite badly , actually thought they had killed him , he turned up on my doorstep 2 months later and is still here. calls for me for breakfast and we also have good conversations xx

I have the same kind of friendship with a Crow, really gave me a beak lashing after a recent hospital stay! Between my 2 cats and my crow friends, they have me well trained.

I love my 'free range' birds that come and go as they please...who let you know they have arrived and to get out there and be with them lol. Its always entertaining and educational... and yes, you do get to know the different birds with their warbles, its a wonderful thing. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ

Does the aggressive attitude, contribute to who is the alpha male in a group of magpies? And on any given day I'm wondering if this can change from a season to season with the same bird? Or is it hereditary..

Yes like mine,i can tell the difference by there markings,and after a while you get to know there warble,i love them more than humans,โค

I tell the difference with my magpies by their back feather patterns. They are all different like a finger print.

Have had that from the you ones when dad tells him to go sits on the table look at me and tells me he is going away get a conversation for 6 minutes have got two of your books great work

Thats beautiful xx hevreally missed you! My pineapple conure Petey likes to tell me about his day when i get home from work n sulks if i dont talk to him ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

LOL!! What a tongue-lashing Boots gave you! He's outa sorts with a lot of his neighbors lately. ๐Ÿ˜€ I'm SO glad you found him & that he didn't go far away to set up his own home. <3

You are so lucky. Ours would follow us into the house and watch us do our thing. The shops next door put a stop to our family. They poisoned them all and they have never returned. It still breaks my heart.

So relieved for you We are waiting for the return of our hand raised wallaby Been 4 days now

I would guess you made friends with one that led the others to you? Are they are family or mostly family? Great birds! Love their talking

Luv to hear your magpie stuff, and all about your magpie family, Boots 'n all, lol Its so wonderful what they will give you for some trust and caring, friendship etc, Love to see your posts. ๐Ÿ™‚

Thank you for letting us know!! I'm so happy he's ok!!

yes ...true they all have there own warble ...nice to know you can still see him

Boots - you are such a sweetheart - glad mommy found you and comes to visit you. So happy you are ok. ๐Ÿ™‚

He still loves you, just don't make it so long between visits next time. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Rรฉmy Guintoli j'en suis sure que le chant des corbeaux te manque dรฉjร ... ๐Ÿ˜‚

Magpies talking conversationally with made up dialogue is my new favorite thing.

You are very special to have them so comfortable with you.

We have three that visit on and off all day. They sing for their supper and are very gentle. One likes to eat out of hubby's hand. I have a story about one at work which is way to long to tell here. He was not happy that there was a dog where there shouldn't be and he was letting me know.

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