(Chinagraph, Aquarelle pastels)
About 30 magpies gathered in our back garden this morning. They were continually in motion, jockeying for position, very competitive and noisy. It sounds like a bunch of football rattles being spun. Incidentally here are all the collective terms of magpies:
a tittering (not very descriptive of these bully boys)
I wondered if they were returning from abroad, but on googling, I find they don’t migrate. Magpies are sedentary birds and do not move far from where they hatch, but they form communal winter roosts, sometimes a few hundred individuals but more typically a few dozen birds. So it is likely we have a roost nearby and they are visiting our garden for food (I have some fatballs and seed out) before dispersing each morning.