Don’t you reckon there are more magpie about these days, than when you were a kid??
There were a few years ago, but I see far fewer now. I do see a lot more Jackdaws, and more Jays around than I used to. I see a lot more Ravens around, in fact I had to go to France to see my first one, in ’95, and the Brecon Beacons, but I’m seeing them around Lacock, Chippenham, Avebury, Maiden Bradley…
Quite a comeback for the biggest of the Corvidea. And supposedly a bird of ill-omen, probably because of Odin’s birds, Hugin and Munin, and as battlefield carrion scavengers.
I love ’em, myself.