We are up in Wharfedale for a few days, staying in the village of Addingham. There's a wedding on this evening in nearby Denton Hall - the bride is the daughter of some Sheffield friends. Above there's a sheep I saw this afternoon next to the village cricket ground. She didn't seem at all concerned about the magpies that kept exploring her fleece for ticks.
"O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." - Hamlet Act II scene ii
12 September 2015
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Looks like a lovely area YP. Those are not common magpie but Magpii remorus, the remora magpie that actually has small residual suckers, one each side of their bills, rather like our appendix. Their behaviour reflects their ancient predecessors that used to attach themselves with these sucker-like appendages to precambrian flocks of goats.ReplyDelete
Well these are things I never knew Kate - unless you are winding me up!Delete
Nah! That's dead troo guv.Delete
That's a very cute pic, Yorkie. Your magpies are not at all like our maggies down this way. Ours are much bigger and you magpies appear to have a little blue on them whereas ours don't. The Aussie maggies are just black and white. I love the magpies...but then I love all birds.ReplyDelete
I wonder if Aussie magpies were introduced or a native species?Delete
Native species and very clever.Delete
Aussie magpies are just amazing birds . At the moment it's Magpie swooping season as they guard their nest. A recent study in Oz about magpies shows that they recognise faces . I have never been swooped by the magpies that live in our area. I often give them food and the pair I feed are amazing . They spot me and will fly down and get some raw minced meat . I love magpies .ReplyDelete
Same here with me, Leisha....my maggies never swoop on me. I give them meat scraps every afternoon....they know a good thing when they see it...and they're not going to you-know-what in their own nest (or restaurant)! :)Delete
They serenade me...as do the butcher birds, kookas and currawongs...they all come for their afternoon feed before they head home for the night. I love having them all hang around. It gets quite noisy outside at times...particularly if I'm running late with their dinner!! :)
Lee I think we two are birds of a feather... I love the bird life as well . You seem to have quite a few friends .Delete
Leishy - Lee is known locally as The Birdwoman of Tamborine Mountain. The health authority are keeping a close eye upon her!Delete
Take a look at your photo. It looks like the magpies are actually standing on the sheep.ReplyDelete
They were standing on the sheep Red!Delete
That sheep will consider those birds her very best friends - getting rid of vermin and making her life better. Isn't that what best friends are for?ReplyDelete
Best friends never pecked at my head for lice or other parasites Alphie! You might be different in that respect.Delete
All crows do this. It is great to see symbiotic relationships. Happy sheep, happy Magpies.ReplyDelete
Like whales with attendant clean-up fishes.Delete
In snotty business consultant speak, we have a true win-win situation here. In normal librarian speak, it's a good picture. Magpies are great birds, but I doubt I'd think that way if I were a small song bird or little sparrow.ReplyDelete
Will you let us see some more pictures from Wharfedale?
I am having trouble doctoring my photos on this laptop Miss Arian but I shall endeavour to post some more pictures tonight.Delete
If I had ticks I'd not be concerned at a magpie pecking them off either!ReplyDelete
What about a great bloody vulture Graham? Would that concern you?Delete
Probably would. But it's not so it doesn't.Delete