Recycling is good!

Australian Magpies have started nest-building. We have a pair making a nest high up in an English Elm at the end of our street. I was intrigued by some of the material used in the construction – pieces of nylon cord and insulated electrical wire had been woven into the structure.


Australian Magpie constructing nest, Wyndham St Newstead, 19th July 2014.


Australian Magpie nest with nylon and wire visible.

I then recalled finding this abandoned nest (pictured below) earlier this year, secreted in a Golden Wattle sapling in the churchyard next door. All traces of the old next have now disappeared – apparently relocated into the new ‘maggies’ nest nearby. Clearly Australian Magpies are into sustainable living!


Nest in Golden Wattle, Newstead Uniting Church, 30th March 2014.

4 responses to “Recycling is good!

  1. I used to leave bits of left over quilting batting in hanging basket suspensions and see who would take it for inner linings. Also hair from my brush. Mostly Honeyeaters, always a pleasure to see.

  2. I’ve seen Noisy Miner nests with similar material – I guess it’s more flexible to weave!

  3. lynette amaterstein

    Artistic maggies!

  4. David Ap-Thomas

    I remember seeing a Noisy Friarbird nest made entirely of pink bailing twine. It was very obvious to human eyes.

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