Birdy news: it got really cold here all of a sudden (a few days ago), so not just the ordinary birdies, but the larger ones have come to eat the bird food here :) I can hear thrushes everywhere, they have this short chirp, and the blackbirds are chasing the smaller ones away - being able to eat isn't enough, they have to keep the competition away too!
It's typical - now that they're all here in plain sight, I don't have any film left for my camera. Bah! :)
Other than that, not much. I really should be programming, but I'm a lazy drake. Instead I browse web pages, play random music, and think about requisite variety. My mind, it doesn't rest. (Apparently!)
*hoards his very shiny Euro cents just for being shiny*
You tell me :)
This must have been a corvid record. While out walking, I saw four magpies not far away from me, and one crow in the air. They didn't seem particularily concerned, but flew off when I got too close.
Too bad I didn't have my camera, but I can't lug that around everywhere :)
So I was sitting in the living room on the second floor, petting my cat. Suddenly a magpie settled on the slight platform just outside the window (what do you call those, by the way?); all I could see was the head looking through the window.
Then something I had not expected at all happened; the bird tapped the window with its beak, as if to attract attention (or perhaps it was curious). It continued doing so a few times before flying off when I went to get my camera (of course you never have it nearby when things like that happens).
What really surprised me was that the magpie understood what a window was, and that it was not in any danger from the beings inside. Most birds either crash into the window or avoid it, thinking a window is just an empty space -- the sparrow from my earlier pictures was a good example of that, as it helplessly fluttered its wings by the window after having entered the room from a door, not remembering where it entered and thinking the window was a good exit. But the magpie, evidently, knew that the window was not empty space.
 first floor, if you're British :)
 these are large windows, about a meter in length each.