Magpie (Pica pica)
Species
Magpie (Pica pica). Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on August 31st 2008.
Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on August 31st 2008.
(1/125th sec at f8. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 40 - 51 cm (incl. tail)

The Magpie looks like a black-and-white bird from a distance, but when seen close-up the its black plumage takes on an altogether more colourful hue with a purplish-blue iridescent sheen to the wing feathers, and a green gloss to the tail.

It is found over most of the British Isles, except northern Scotland.

It can be found in a range of habitats from city centres to lowland farmland to upland moors.

Non-breeding birds gather together in flocks.

There are about 600000 breeding territories in the UK.

Sightings

16-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
10-Oct-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
24-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
06-Sep-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
19-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
12-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
23-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France (h)
08-Jun-2018 : Barnwell Country Park, Northants (1)
03-Jun-2018 : Stockbridge Down, Hants (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
24-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-May-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
18-May-2018 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
13-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
09-May-2018 : Rodborough Common, Glos (4)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
01-May-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
21-Apr-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (3)
15-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
10-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
05-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
21-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (7)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Abingdon (NE), Oxon (2)

23-Dec-2017 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (11)
07-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
22-Jan-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
20-Jan-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
02-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

01-Jan-2016 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)

23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
21-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (4)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon

18-Jun-2014 : nr Mirkovo, Bulgaria
01-Feb-2014 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (2)