Monday, December 11, 2017

Bird of the Year....

It narrowly beat  the White Ibis.--second place.
(Thought to have got the sympathy vote as they are annoying scavengers. )

It out-polled the Kookaburra in third place.

Coming in first as Bird of the Year.......

The Magpie.
 We think our three must have heard the news.
Alfalfa (has a small feather that stands up on the back of his head)

Hoppy--he is beginning to use his left foot.  If you look carefully,
there is a bump on his left leg.

Feathers--the back of his neck is white with a black/grey patch.
They give us imperious looks.

(Hoppy is retaking his place as boss now that his leg is healing.  Alfalfa is stepping aside
and Feathers has always been last.  The black-grey neck feathers may indicate he is younger.)


  1. haha the mama is a curious magpie too... so it is her year ;o)

  2. Can you get the BBC Radio 4 'Tweet of the Day' Down Under? If so, I strongly recommend a listen to Michael Morpurgo on the Magpie:
    Cheers! Gail.

  3. Clever names. We likethe Little Rascals Alfafalfa name one because of the hair sticking up. Cute.

  4. Why those birds love you ~ feed anything and they keep coming back. Maybe Alfalfa could use a little dab will do you hair gel.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  5. No mention of parrots???? SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAWK

  6. Oh my, Rosy would bark away any magpie that came in a 10 meter radius of our backyard!!
    Jakey, Arty & Rosy

  7. You know what is worse than a front yard cat .....? a bird with a major ATTITUDE like the Magpie.
    Hugs madi your bfff

  8. They are VERY pretty birdies and we love their names!

  9. I think they all look amazing, such pretty birdies.
    I also luffs they have a name, we do that to our birdies but they are boring pigeons, certainly not as pretty as your visitors
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  10. Hi hi hi! Ojo here! We do not have magpies here. We have ravens and crows, and they are very mischievous, and my person always tries to stay on their good side because they hold grudges for a very long time. I hear magpies are the same?

  11. The ibis we have here looks really different! You have some beautiful birdies there!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  12. Congratulations to the Magpie. They are very pretty birds and I like that you know them personally.

  13. Congrats to all the birds! Lady use to know a kookaburra song - she is singing what she remembers.

  14. What a nice standing the magpies have earned!!! That is quite the handsome trio - love their names:)

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  15. We like that you have named the Magpies that live near you. Congrats to them for coming in first place this year.

  16. Crikey Bella Roxie and Dui ..... I think Maggies are the bird of the year too. We have a pair that visit us every day and guess what ..... they've got babies. I can't wait to chase them. It's so good to see you. Crikey I've missed you blokes!! I sent you my Christmas card but that Daemon bloke sent it right back at me saying that there was no such email so I'll wish you all and your Mum a very Merry Christmas here, aye?? Have a wonderful time and eat ICECREAM??????? Best wishes for the coming new year too.

  17. Mom would love to visit Oz to see all the beautiful birds. We have a woodpecker that pounds on the windows when the feeder is empty. It gets everyone's attention.