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First 2020 Fledgling Sighting

It’s our Labour Day long weekend, so husband and I spent the day in the front garden today. (I should also mention that daylight savings started for us this weekend too.) We had already spent a lot of time out there during winter, weeding, pruning, planning and mulching, but of course, now the weather is warming up the grass is growing faster and the occasional weed peeks through the mulch.

We pulled out a few random weeds in the garden beds we’d already tended, then while husband mowed the lawn – it takes a while because it’s a pretty big area – I finished weeding a garden right up the top of the hill, next to the road. I took the photo of the mountain today from right next to the garden bed I was working on.

For the past couple of days I have been hearing the cheeping of a baby bird. Up until today I haven’t sighted it, but today, I did. Mama magpie spent the day either searching for food, or sitting on the branch high up in my Lemon Scented Gum Tree next to her fledgling. I took some photos, and this is the best I could get.

You should be able to see some downy white feathers there. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the parents bring the baby down to the garden to “introduce” their newest addition. I didn’t see father magpie today, so I’m wondering if there might be another fledgling that he’s taking care of elsewhere. I don’t even know if that’s something birds might do – split the care. I’m sure I will soon find out.

I’ve been feeding magpies for so many years now, and every year when the baby birds arrive it’s still an exciting event. πŸ™‚

7 thoughts on “First 2020 Fledgling Sighting

  1. Sounds like you guys are diligent about keeping up with the yardwork on your property. Maybe soon we will see some pictures of a young magpie! (We don’t have magpies here.) Always fun to putter around with you in your garden. πŸ™‚

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    1. We didn’t get a lot done in the garden last spring or summer what with spending so much time organising my in-law’s house for sale when they went into aged care. This year we have so much to do to catch up! We’re getting there though. Young magpie spends every day in the gum tree out the front, but I’m sure they will visit when their wings are stronger. That could be any day now. πŸ™‚

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    1. Magpie’s are really amazing birds, Eliza. They have great memories too, and never forget a person who is kind to them. One spring a few years ago when we were in the garden, the parents left three fledglings with us, and off they flew. They were gone for about half and hour, then returned. We realised that we had been trusted to baby-sit! I’ve heard other people tell similar stories too. πŸ™‚

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