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Magpie Grooming Service

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Black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia) are known for picking ticks from the backs of large mammals such as deer, elk, moose and livestock. The magpie either eats the ticks or caches the excess for later use. Unfortunately, most of the cached … Continue reading

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Fledged Magpies

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As I mentioned in my 05-02-2016 post (Magpie Nest), a black-billed magpie (Pica hudsonia)¬†pair built a large dome-shaped nest in a cottonwood tree near our house this year (Lookout CA – Modoc County). A few days ago two young magpies … Continue reading

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Magpie Nest

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At first, I thought a tangle of branches and twigs in a poplar near our house was litter that accumulated over the winter. However, every time I came near, black-billed magpies (Pica hudsonia)¬†flew away. We have a magpie nest!! Magpies … Continue reading

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Black-billed Magpie

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Winter is a perfect time to photograph birds. Although the summer residents are not present, the lack of leaves on the trees makes it easy to see and photograph the winter and year-round birds. Soon the wildflowers will blossom and … Continue reading

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