One for Sorrow, Two for Joy, forty for...

A dusk walk with the dog, had me inundated with magpies, I counted (at one point) 40 birds in one set of trees and more were calling and moving around me as I walked the lake, it is no wonder with this many Magpies that bin bags locally get destroyed and song bird numbers are down!

30+ Magpies in this one tree!
30+ Magpies in this one tree!


I'm guessing this is a roost spot for them, but so many is quite a sight to see (and hear).

There wasn't much else on the rest of the walk, a few Mallard, the usual Canada Geese, and family of 3 Mute Swans, 4 Great Crested Grebes, some fighting Coots, the odd fly over finch (mainly Goldfinch) or thrush (usually Redwing). In fact the only interesting thing were the large numbers of gulls passing through to their roosts, and as the light dwindled so the number of large gulls increased, in fact I stopped counting Lesser Black-Backed Gull and Herring Gull and had over 10 Common Gull as well, major numbers for me.


Flapping Female Mallard
Flapping Female Mallard

Not much else but I hope to enjoy more of a walk tomorrow.

Male Mallard
Male Mallard


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