A magpie nest update

Well, the nest-building pattern has changed a bit over this weekend. The birds seem only to be working on the nest in the early morning and the late afternoon now, and Number One stays inside the nest all the time when they’re doing the work, while Number Two’s the one to bring back twigs. Number Two offers the twigs, one by one (much smaller twigs than before, so there’s no need any more to back in, or do the twisting bit) right into the nest. Then there are some small quick movements from inside, as Number One – I assume; I can’t see – weaves them in place.

I don’t know why the working hours have changed. Do they have another building job? Are they on half-time? Or are they partying in the sunshine in the best of the warm spring days, while the going’s good?

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