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#1 dklucius

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:21 PM

still expermenting with flickr not haveing a lot of success it woks but not like the explanation saidPosted Image
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#2 JimBob

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 11:22 PM

I see it.

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#3 Pat B.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 12:44 AM

Assume you're not asking for confirmation of this flashy bird?!

I have a love/hate relationship with these guys - they hog all the food, are noisy and agressive, but are absolutely beautiful and really, really intelligent. We get as many as 8 at a time here and they nest in my neighbor's yard; and by the sound of things I think fledglings can't be far off. Last winter we had one fledgling fall down our chimney, which was not fun. Hopefully, the guards we had put on will keep that from happening. We are still finding ashy smudge marks in odd places on our walls and ceilings.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 01:27 AM

These birds are so beautiful!

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 02:26 AM

Crows in formal wear!

#6 Bird Brain

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:00 AM

Here in Sacramento we have their cousin, the Yellow-billed Magpie.


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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:09 AM

I remember those from when I lived in CA as a kid. Now I have the black-billed in CO. Both gorgeous. Both annoying. What's up with those wisps of hair near its beak?

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:25 AM

What's up with those wisps of hair near its beak?


Nesting material, I'd say.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:53 AM

I remember those from when I lived in CA as a kid. Now I have the black-billed in CO. Both gorgeous. Both annoying. What's up with those wisps of hair near its beak?


Yep, nesting material...horse hairs to be exact.

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:53 AM

Yep, nesting material...horse hairs to be exact.

Last weekend (last time I went birding), I saw the Black-billed Magpies out here in Colorado looking for nesting material and working on their nests...
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#11 dklucius

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 03:57 PM

there are several cattle and horse ranches near me and the magpies hang out there mostly i guess because of all the feed and hay and easy food supply. but i do get them stopping by sometimes.they love the homemade suet and even though i have an upside down cage feeder and a hanging cage they have learned to fly up and grab the cage for a few seconds and with that big beak a few sharp jabs knock out a lot of suet and land on the bround and eat it or carry it off. when i go into town there is a cafe and chinese restraunt close together and they have a large dumpster behind the buildings and the magpies are always around it

#12 revvinjim

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 06:59 PM

Unlike many other birds, they are not camera shy!
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