Unusual behaviour of Magpies

We have a lot of Magpies in a nearby wood and they are always on the field at the end of our back garden.   I counted 19  in a group a few weeks ago.   

For the last few days we have had a pair of Magpies rearrange an old pigeon nest in a nearby Hawthorne tree.   I can see it quite clearly and have had my binoculars out.   They have been bringing twigs on a regular basis and have built a lovely little cup shaped nest.    It's definatley not a Magpie nest, way to small and the wrong shape.       We think the nest is a sort of trap for smaller birds to lay there eggs and for the Magpie  to swoop in and take their eggs or their young later on.    What do you think ?   Iv never seen ths behaviour before. 


  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,624

    They could be juveniles constructing their first nest together and maybe don't have much of a clue about what to do. I watched two bluetits (with the help of a nestbox camera) last year making a pig's ear of a nest building job. One brought stuff in and the other threw it out. Went on for days like that. I was hoarse with screaming at the telly. Did no good. They gave up in the end.image

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 57,083

    Edd - I remember reading that too - sort of starter nests which will only be finished when the female makes her choice and the finish the nest together. image

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  • 1Runnybeak11Runnybeak1 Posts: 8,503

    They don't look like juvenile birds.   I'll have to wait and see.   Let you know later on in the season what's happening.    Thanks for your info. 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 15,624
    Could just be a couple of incredibly stupid magpies, maybe?

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
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