Plympton Magpies

Forget the 'Thieving Magpie', spare a thought for this 'Grieving Magpie'.   A pair have raised three young at the back of our house. Today one of the fledglings was murdered by a Herring Gull on the green at the front. The adults saw the gull off, but it was too late.  It was sad to watch the adult calling to the youngster to get up, and sadder still to see her three hours later still trying to raise the chick.. We think of Magpies as cold killers, but this surely must be compassion?

Grieving Magpie
Grieving Magpie

Posted June 14th at 4:53 pm by Chris & Janet Marcol in Bird News