Date: 11/7/18 5:12 pm
From: MARK NEBEKER <marknebeker...>
Subject: [obol] Re: Curry Magpie 11/7/2018

My cousin had a pet one in Utah. What a cool bird.

Mark Nebeker

On Nov 7, 2018, at 4:57 PM, Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...><mailto:<whoffman...>> wrote:

Fall tends to be a dispersal period for "nonmigratory" Corvids, so timing is consistent with it being a wild bird. If it is an escapee, it probably will approach if offered food. If wild, it may or may not. If it does not show interest in offered food, it likely is wild.

BTW in some parts of Europe magpies are considered good pets.


On 11/7/2018 3:51:24 PM, Tim Rodenkirk <timrodenkirk...><mailto:<timrodenkirk...>> wrote:

Thanks for the input Dave. Just in case we have it on the PO CBC and the regional editor questions it. I guess for that matter if one showed up in Florence, Newport or elsewhere on the north coast would folks assume a wild bird?


On Wed, Nov 7, 2018 at 3:19 PM DJ Lauten and KACastelein <deweysage...><mailto:<deweysage...>> wrote:
Maybe I am ignorant, but is there a reason why this might be an
escapee? Are there lots of reports of Magpies in captivity? I would
think they are a pain in the arse to have as a pet, besides being
illegal - which of course never stops people. On one hand I think to
myself, why didn't this bird simply fly here, it's not that far?
Doesn't that seem like the most logical thing that could happen? I
guess I mean that isn't it just as or more far fetched to think that
someone caught a magpie, raised it, transported it, then lost it? I'm
not sure why that is more reasonable than - the bird flew
here.......seems to me like the former is a much more complicated
story. Occam's razor, no? Magpies do wander around, they are fairly
well spread throughout the west......they are corvids, good flyers, etc
etc. And it is in an area a Magpie would like to be. I mean I'd be a
lot more suspect if the bird was in downtown Portland or something like

My two cents.....which nowadays is worth about nothing......

Dave Lauten

On 11/7/2018 2:59 PM, Tim Rodenkirk wrote:
> The magpie that was reported in Langlois a couple weeks back
> resurfaced up Floras Creek. Terry Wahl was able to see it up there
> about a 1/2 mile from Hwy 101 this morning after a local alerted him.
> It is probably moving between there and Langlois.
> Hard to say if this is a rare vagrant or someone’s escaped pet? There
> are no other south coast records. Anyone feel like weighing in on
> this, it may be around for the Port Orford CBC?
> Terry Wahl has a Say’s Phoebe at their family ranch barn near Cape
> Blanco and has seen two N Shrikes in different locations on the ranch
> in the last week.
> I had a Palm Warbler at the BLM office in North Bend at sunrise on
> Tuesday. This morning before sunrise in Brookings I saw 11 BC
> Night-herons fly into some trees and roost in the open along the river
> at the Port, the usual spot for them. They flew up slope and
> disappeared into some vegetated trees as sunrise approached.
> Happy birding!
> Tim Rodenkirk

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