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.

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

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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!

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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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