But, before I get to the bird of the day. The wattles that signify Spring is just around the corner are starting to blaze from the road side.
'This here's the wattle, the emblem of our land. You can stick it in a bottle, you can hold it in your hand. Australia, Australia, Australia' ( Monty Python - spoken by one of the Bruces.)
Magpies are among our less colourful birds and since they are extremely protective parents will swoop people walking or cycling close to their nests. The swooping is disconcerting to say the least as it is accompanied by the sound of a clattering beak. While it is often scary but no more than that, each Spring they will connect with someone causing sometimes severe damage.
Our local council, along with many others, puts up signs to warn pedestrians of the danger from particular birds. The birds are not relocated or harmed unless they cause actual damage. Pedestrians wear hats with eyes painted on them or carry sticks and cyclists have plastic fronds attached to their bike helmets. These measures may or may not work.
So, we have a relatively plain bird, which can be frightening and/or dangerous. Just the same I love them, and they signify home to me. This post is for Mia McPherson
who commented here a while ago that she loved the currawong's call. It is beautiful, but it is the magpie's warble which has won my heart. (Mia and her friend Ron Dudley
take the most incredible bird photos which put this happy snapper to shame.)
Each time I go into town to do a shift at Lifeline the early morning city sounds are dominated by magpies calling to each other from building to building. They also are more than happy to scrounge breakfast from passersby.
While the pictorial quality in these short videos is not great, I think they capture the magpie warble.