I so love the sound of warbling magpies but I have been surprised to hear them as I woke the last few days. If I can hear them from my bedroom, they must have been very close by. But why? What were they doing?
Then yesterday I saw one on the roof of the building next door. It had a long strip of paper in its beak, clearly nesting material. It walked over to the corner of the roof and placed the paper in a very inappropriate place for nest building, right where the window cleaning vehicle track makes a ninety degree turn. This is not a place for a nest.
Today a pair of them appeared on the roof.
The nest builder appeared to me to be a young female, still without fully white feathers. I really hope she is only getting a feel for nest building, rather than the real thing. Wouldn't it be too late to start a nest anyway? I am making an assumption that it is the females that build the nest. Perhaps males do, and if so, was he was showing his young wife his homemaking skills?