• Barbara Copperthwaite

Weird & wonderful

It seems the odd goings-on at Highbury Park are not just limited to the mystery machete man clearing paths and removing undergrowth - the birds are acting bizarrely too. This morning I saw a Magpie acting in very amorous fashion around a Crow, which was tolerating it until the male tried to hop onto her back to actually mate. He wouldn't take no for an answer though, continuing to call to her (presumably the bird equivalent of sweet nothings) and hop around her with hopes of a liaison. Every time he was rebuffed only at the very last moment. This went on for about twenty minutes before he finally gave up and flew away.

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