My very good friend Lou came to visit this weekend, and as we were walking around the farmyard this morning we found a young and seemingly quite friendly magpie perched on a piece of old machinery. I dashed off to get my camera, thinking it would make a good photo for my blog. When I ran back with my phone and a handy bowl of fat I'd found in the kitchen, the magpie was actually following Lou down the yard! He seemed to have a penchant for her wellies. I have honestly never been so full of glee in my life.
I promptly named him Magnus fed him bits of fat and barley. He even climbed up onto my back and perched on my shoulder!
All of a sudden, Magnus flew off over the barn roof and headed back towards the trees where we'd found him. I was bereft. My dreams of taking him with me to book signings were at an end.
Until, a short while later, as we were walking in a nearby field, he appeared again! I really was beside myself with glee. I started cawing to him, hoping that I sounded friendly. Slowly, we walked him back across the fields towards the house.
...which Lou filmed! It's a bit blustery so you can't hear me reading very well, but Magnus definitely enjoyed it, especially the buttons. Here's the video!
Here I am wearing my most amazed expression. On the third reading he flew off and I haven't seen him since, but I'm going to try and find him again in the morning.
I'll upload more photos to my facebook page now! I still can't believe that of ALL the animals in the entire world, it was a tame magpie that found me! How amazing is that? Also, of all the people in the world, Lou is definitely the one I would choose to accompany me on such an expedition! A coincidence of fantastical proportions! I apologise for the profusion of exclamation marks but I am genuinely bursting with delight! Seven hours later.
Thank you HUGELY to Lou for following me around for ages taking photos and filming the great wild magpie chase.