Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Black-billed Magpie

Last July, as  Erika and I drove west across Montana, we saw Black-billed Magpies at a few Interstate rest areas.  Magpies have a long association with humans. This corvid followed both Native and European Bison hunters and explorers like Lewis and Clark (Trost (1999); see my previous post of a magpie eating a French fry.) In recent years, Magpie populations have suffered losses from West Nile Disease and pesticides applied to control ticks on cattle. In the last case, mapgies are poisoned after they scavenge the remains of dead livestock. Overall, however, we thought magpies were more apparent than during our other trips in recent years.

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