A very popular bird and becoming more so as numbers appear to be increasing. Resident and generally distributed in England and Wales but scarce in parts of Scotland.
Usually they go around in pairs foraging for insects, small birds and mammals, they will also come to a bird table for large scraps such as Cereals, fruit, nuts berries and peas, which they take away.
The Magpie is black and white with a very long tail which is unmistakable when it takes flight and when close-up its black plumage has a purplish blue sheen to the wing and it has a harsh chattering call, they are a very handsome and intelligent bird.
Their nests are domed shaped and made out of twigs and lined inside with soil and roots, and are usually at the tops of trees, thorny bushes or neglected hedgerows Magpies are usually seen in twos or threes but may gather in large numbers to roost or display.
Not to be too warmly welcomed because of its predatory habits in the breeding season, but, there is little evidence that Magpies are seriously diminishing the numbers of our Songbirds.
And of course we must not forget the well-known rhyme which goes one for sorrow, two for joy, three for a girl, four for a boy etc….