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Pica Pica [Jul. 22nd, 2016|03:43 pm]
Tony Grist
We had 8 magpies at the feeder this morning. According to the old rhyme that's good for a wish.

There were woodpeckers around too- a green one and a spotted one.

Question: in a stand-off between a magpie and a woodpecker who blinks first?

Answer: The woodpecker.

[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-07-23 08:17 am (UTC)
Saw the teeniest of juvenile bluetits in the tree outside my flat yesterday. They looked freshly minted.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-23 08:26 am (UTC)
Blue tits are so cute.
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-07-23 10:19 pm (UTC)
They're hardly rare, but all of the corvids are quite fascinating sorts. I don't seem to see all that many magpies hereabouts, but certainly a few, plus some crows; I suspect, if anything, they might tend to get put off by the quite substantial red kite population, although I have witnessed one or two altercations between crows and red kites.

I'm quite fond of woodpeckers. There was, indeed, a green this afternoon, but awkwardly located, s by the time I shifted position to try getting something of a shot, they'd decided they were best elsewhere.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-07-26 08:34 am (UTC)
Green woodpeckers are endearing. They bounce along the ground like kangaroos. They're considerably shyer than their spotted cousins. The spotted woodpeckers come to our feeder but the green ones don't.

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