This is a very common bird, with a very annoying cry, that is not popular or well liked as it is known for taking food (often baby birds from the nest) from others. The other reputation the Magpie has is for stealing bright, glistening objects like jewelry and small trinkets.
Now the Magpie I want to introdce you to is not of the feathered variety! Many years ago there were 2 sisters a brunette and a blonde. The blonde loved pretty things and was rather pretty herself, loving to gaze upon her beauty in a small hand held mirror. Her elder and somewhat plainer sister, was rather jealous I believe.
One day this envy enveloped her whole being and she stole away her sisters beloved mirror and hid it in the shed within their garden. The blonde sister was very sad and the whole family searched the house for the mirror to no avail until eventually the older sister confessed... she had seen a magpie steal the mirror and carry it in it's beak to the shed. The family searched the shed but the mirror was never ever found.
The elder sister was surprised that her parents never totally believed that the Magpie had flown into the house, into the younger sister's bedroom, found the mirror, lifting it in it's beak, whilst flying out the house and heading for the garden shed
Another item went missing sometime later ..... did the Magpie strike again or was it someone all together more sinister??? Please tune in next month for the Tale of the Magpie part 2.
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