Crash landing for a baby magpie

Baby Australian Magpie just out of the nest

Over recent weeks we have been eagerly awaiting the hatching of the baby Australian magpies in two nests in our garden. The fact that we have two nests is exciting because this is the first time in the last 25 years we’ve had two active nests on our 5 acre property.

A few weeks ago we heard the constant squawking of the young for food, so we knew it was just a matter of time before the youngsters headed out into the wild world. Several days ago I was suddenly aroused from my concentration on my writing by a bang on the window no more than a metre from my shoulder. A baby magpie – fresh out of the nest – was perched precariously on the frame of the window. When I reached for my camera it flew off to another part of the garden. When I say “flew” I actually mean it was undertaking some sort of barely controlled flapping and squawking one could loosely call “flying”.

Baby Australian Magpie just out of the nest

I was able to approach the baby to within two metres with dad right next to me – quite unconcerned. I find it wonderful that they never swoop us or get concerned by our presence nearby. In fact, they will often approach us when we are gardening, looking for worms and other tasty morsels we might dig up. Wonderful.

Baby Australian Magpie just out of the nest

Baby Australian Magpie (left) just out of the nest

Baby Australian Magpie just out of the nest


4 Responses to “Crash landing for a baby magpie”

  1. Louise says:

    How wonderful to see the baby so young.

  2. John Tongue says:

    We used to have some nest in our houseyard in NSW. They would swoop other passers-by, but never us. They’d come begging us for morsels from the BBQ, instead!!

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  4. Kim says:

    I feed a group of magpies every day and today they come with a baby just out of nest.It was the cutest thing.If they see or hear me they come running over to me.They take the food from my hand and are getting quite friendly with me.

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