Can you imagine what Mr. F. Watt, of Rockbank thought upon finding this nest on his property in 1942? A nest weighing 20lb (over 9kg) and made completely of wire is a pretty impressive effort.
Even more impressive to me is that it included fencing wire. 12 gauge fencing wire is like coat hanger wire. I wouldn’t have liked to tangle with this bird. It must have had an extremely strong beak to be able to build a nest completely out of wire. I would not want it to decide my finger would make a tasty morsel!
I wonder if the nest was still in use when the branch holding it gave way or if it had been previously abandoned?
I would expect that there was a fair risk of death by lightning strike if you were sitting in a metal nest high in a tree on a dark and stormy night… bzzzzt… squawk!
I would really love to have seen that nest, I wonder if it is still around, shoved in the back of an old farm shed?
Australian Magpies are funny birds, they have a great call and are quite bold and intelligent, although during breeding season some can become highly aggressive and swoop passers-by in an attempt to drive them off. They don’t just swoop, they actually make contact and can be quite dangerous. You know when it is that time of year as many bike riders can be seen on the tracks with large, comical eye stickers on the back of their helmets and cable ties or wires sticking up into the air all in an attempt to stop the birds attacking them.
Here is a short clip of a one calling, it is not the entirety of a magpies repertoire but I couldn’t find a clip with their whole call! Bugger. The clips were mainly people feeding them and yacking their heads off in the background… grrrr… 😦