Scraggy Magpies, Crumby Fish and Random Activity

Charlie is tracking ships.
George is watching Amélie because he has an exam on it tomorrow.
Katie is making a Janoskians birthday card for her friend's birthday.
Tom is not revising for his maths exam tomorrow.
I am feeding the scraggy magpie.



Feathers only a mother could love.
The other magpies attack it. I think they are responsible for the raw patch on its back. I suspect a cat is responsible for his lack of tail.
He's got a gammy (oh shut up spellcheck) leg too.
I gave him a crust of bread but the pigeons nabbed most of it.

I used the rest of the bread to make some tasty crumbs to go on top of some cod.
Into the food processor with a chunk of Parmesan, some sun-dried tomatoes and a little of their oil.
Spread some mayonnaise on the fish (keeps it lovely and moist) and top with the crumbs .
Into a hot oven for 20 minutes.









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  1. oh that poor magpie. He needs a bit of looking after, hope you'll keep feeding him, it would be nice to see him start to look a little less 'scraggy'.

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  2. Oh, that poor baby Magpie! I hope he survives.

    I still am not sure about Katy's friend's birthday card...

    Is there a reason to be trackng ships?

    Fish with mayonnaise and cheesy crumbs sounds very tasty.

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    1. There is no reason for tracking ships but I think it's an improvement on watching the Panama Canal web cam for hours on end.

      Is he a baby magpie? Is that why he has no tail?

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  3. Poor magpie, thank goodness he has you and your top quality homemade bread. The fish idea looks like a good one, I am taking notes. Intrigued by the ship tracking; who knew one could do such a thing. I quite like the idea of watching their progress over the stormy seas from the comfort of the living room.

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    1. You can track planes too. These are the sort of things my husband likes to do with his spare time.

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  4. My mouth is quite literally watering at the thought of that scrummy fish dish ... we've not eaten yet and now I'm craving cod! Love the thought of the mayo to keep it moist ... you are full of the most useful tips Sue :)

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  5. Yes I think a fledgling magpie, but if it's any consolation I have just witnessed an adult magpie emerging from a bush with a baby blackbird. The parents were frantic. My husband tracks airplanes and ships too.

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    1. Yes they aren't particularly nice birds are they?
      Charlie says your husband sounds like a sensible fellow.

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  6. Thanks for the link to the live ships map. We live a few miles inland from a very busy waterway, and can usually spot tankers at sea from the beaches. Now, we will be able to identify them!

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    1. Oh dear, have we started a craze?

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  7. Fish looks delicious! Poor bedraggled magpie! I'd feed it, too.

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  8. I'm honestly not a fan of magpies - they're the meanies of the bird world. But that one does look to be a sorry specimen. Hope the homemade bread regime saves it.

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  9. I agree with Ali but I am worried about scraggy magpie. I'm rather glad you're looking after him

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  10. I love that ships website. The Inisheer lighthouse, currently nearby, is doing 0 knots today.

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  11. I'm very hard-hearted and even the sight of that magpie cannot convince me to feel a shred of pity! They are the bane of my garden (along with the bullying parakeets) and I'm seriously considering an air rifle. Yes, really!

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  12. I have come across several magpie fledglings too, or perhaps it is the same one wandering around with its red spotted handerkerchief on a stick. They hop about pathetically and seem to have no fear. I did wonder whether they had been kicked out of the nest. I thought about rescuing them (shades of My Family and Other Animals and the Magenpies), but came to the conclusion that nature is cruel in tooth and claw, and underneath it all magpies are not such nice creatures, however beautiful. (Did feel a tad churlish though).

    We had a similar fish dish at the weekend with homemade tartare sauce. Yum

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  13. The AIS sites often track the Search & Rescue Helicopters too - you can always tell when the chaps at Stornoway SAR are bored - they fly in circles for a bit! :-)
    Looks like a young magpie to me too - the tails come later. I'm torn on the issue of them to be honest - they are true raiders, and will persecute other birds, but the colours are SO spectacular...

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  14. I just love the way your write. I almost feel like I can hear you talking (which, in my humble opinion, is what makes an excellent writer).

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    1. And I clearly am not a good editor of the way I write! "the way YOU write." Damn.

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    2. Thank you Jen :)

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  15. There is something Very Odd about the way a man's brain works. But it is reassuring to hear that they are all the same(ish).
    Ha! Is Scragmag making friends with the scraggy robin you featured not long ago? Or did Scragmag eat it...?
    Ax

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    1. There's a thought...I haven't seen scraggy robin for a while. The baby magpie will now be referred to as Scragmag.

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  16. Exams on Amélie ... that sounds like child abuse of teenage boys!

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    1. He preferred Amélie to the other film he studied which was called Le Grand Voyage -very dull apparently. He has finished French now forever and doesn't want to see either film ever again.

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  17. One for sorrow! Always have to say "good morning Mr magpie and how's your wife today" when I see one. I am not keen on them either. Saw one attacking another bird the other day.
    Janoskiens? Had to look them up and still not sure exactly what they are, a tv programme? (No teenage girls in my life to ask!)
    And tracking ships? Why? Is this the new train spotting?

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    1. Janoskians are an Aussie boy band. I wouldn't want you to waste any time listening to them though.

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  18. I'm not overly fond of magpies... but that ones tugs at my motherly instinct...

    (lovely fish recipe, thanks)

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  19. oh, darling bird.
    And am very drawn to the porky delight in the previous post, but am catching up with blogs and can't be arsed to leave this comment, scroll about and leave another - sorry. Great foodie pics btw.

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  20. I am delighted to see that British magpies have blue feathers. Here they are strictly black and white, and they warble beautifully.

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    1. It depends on the light Suse. On a dull day they look black. British magpies most definitely do not warble, they make a noise like a football rattle.

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  21. an exam on Amelie sounds cool.... there is a scene on that film that brought back memories of my childhood, when she puts her hand inside a big sack of lentils in the local store like i used to do when i was i child and popped into the local carbon-seller/grocer's shop... pati x

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