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Bird's nest

Magpie Lark (Pee Wee) nest and chicks
How exciting is this!  I commented on someone's blog recently that I don't see bird's nests, probably because I don't know where to look. Then a short time later noticed a muddy growth on a branch high in one of gum trees at our bush block - I guessed it was a nest but it was way to high for me to investigate.

Next time I was out there I saw a black and white bird fly over to it so grabbed my camera and pointed it in that direction. When I enlarged the image I could see the chicks.

After a bit of investigation it appears to be the nest of a Magpie Lark.  The image below is of a Magpie Lark that I took many years ago.


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  1. Ohhh, I just love Magpies! Once something rolled under our car (in Outback Australia) and I was walking around, searching for it, followed by a Magpie that "helped", soooo cute! We don´t have them here, sadly.

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    1. Despite it’s name this one it not actually a Magpie. It is quite a lot smaller. There are quite a few different black and white birds - Magpies are the most common I think and are often friendly like the one you encountered. Not at all friendly when nesting though. They dive bomb passers by.

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  2. Oh well done Joan Elizabeth, well spotted! You are so right about the Maggie's being aggressive in spring, we had a couple of series incidents here this spring, they are fierce when protecting their nests. What a nuisance re your phone, I've done the same myself 😶

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    1. It is really scary when they snap at your head.

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  3. Here they're done nesting for the season, but one starts to see nests with the leaves down for the season.

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    1. I have found a few old nests in my garden that way. Not as much fun as when there a chicks in residence though.

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  4. Well spotted!! I must admit I also find it difficult to spot the nests but observing birds more closer leads me to finding nests.

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    1. I have been spotting sparrows with feathers in their beak flying into the apple tree ... but despite looking have not been able to locate the nest. I will keep working on it.

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  5. What a great find and what a striking bird! I don't think I've seen a mud nest in a tree. Swallows here will build them under eaves in houses or barns. But I haven't paid attention to birds long enough to know if other birds have similar habits.

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    1. We had a Willy Wagtail build a nest under our eaves last year. Perhaps I will post the photos of that nest if I fail to get a good bird shot one week.

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  6. How exciting to find the nest and then to see the chicks when zooming in on the camera. I can often see things through the camera that I cannot normally see.

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    1. That happens to me too. I am often surprised to find tiny bugs in flower photos.

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  7. Such a delightful discovery for you Joan... and now you share it with us. So sweet!

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