The song of the magpie
I wonder how many of us remember the Magpie Song! I certainly do because my father sang it to me so many times when I was a child. He was also very superstitious and if ever he saw just one magpie, he would climb through hedges and over gates in search of another. Thankfully, I’m not that obsessed but I am grateful that it’s two magpies that are building a nest at the bottom of our garden.
It is true, that every summer for the past few years, the young couple have come to stay at our home for waifs and strays. I am fascinated by the way they build their nest or at least, they built it some time ago and now they have arrived in time to carry out a few repairs before the breeding season begins, as you can see from the photo.
The nest (or spring home) appears to have a roof and two entrances. It must be very hardy to have survived for so long and in all the wet weather that Wales is known for. Once magpies have paired up, they usually remain within their territory and it’s rare for them to travel further than 10km from where they were hatched.
‘Welcome back my dear friends....You’re doing a grand job!’
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.
Eight for a wish,
Nine for a kiss,
Ten for a bird that you won’t want to miss.