Sunday 4 December 2016

Billy Keane: One for sorrow, two for joy...the magpie's life is in your hands

Published 15/06/2015 | 02:30

'A homeowner can legally murder magpies, the logic being the magpies plunder the nests of game birds such as the pheasant. I now have a licence to kill and hold the power of life and death'
'A homeowner can legally murder magpies, the logic being the magpies plunder the nests of game birds such as the pheasant. I now have a licence to kill and hold the power of life and death'

There are laws to stop dogs barking but nothing can be done to shut up the magpies. How does he keep the raucous call going on for so long?

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The magpie's throat must have been wiped with sandpaper basted in acid. I'm cracking up from it. The magpie alarm tone is worse than a nail scraping glass.

The magpie wake us up about half an hour after dawn, and his horrible calls go on for about three hours. The lyrics are staccato, hoarse and repetitive, like mad English punk bands singing horrible things about the queen.

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