Courting magpies

Courting magpies

Observation - Courting magpies - UK and Ireland. Description: This pair of magpies has been hanging around for some time - at first building a nest (see http://www.ispotnature.org/node/786672), and then perching together uttering calls quite unlike the usual rattle. Here they are sitting cosily in our apple tree: an

This pair of magpies has been hanging around for some time - at first building a nest (see http://www.ispotnature.org/node/786672), and then perching together uttering calls quite unlike the usual rattle. Here they are sitting cosily in our apple tree: an hour or so later I saw them mating in our patio, but wasn't able to photograph them.