This past year there seems to have been a huge increase in Magpies. I have put a bird table in my garden with fat balls, seeds and a string of peanuts. The Magpies came down and demolished the fat balls, nicked the whole string of peanuts, including the string! Finally they all tried to hop on board and knocked over the bird table.
Now the leaves have gone I was surprised to see this lot basking in the sun. Most of the time there were ten of them, but some of the time there was eleven!!
It reminded me of the old Magpie saying -
One for sorrow
Two for joy
Three for a girl
Four for a boy
Five for silver
Six for gold
Seven for a secret never to be told
Eight for a wish
Nine for a kiss
Ten a surprise you really shouldn't miss
Eleven for health
Twelve for wealth
Thirteen beware its the devil himself!!!
So here's hoping I get the surprise and that its a good one with the added bonus of health!!!
I wonder where my string of monkey nuts are now????