Even Birds Have Family Problems
This spring a pair of magpies set up their home in a tree in our back yard. Having been part of this kind of scenario in the past, I was expecting a raucous summer once those eggs hatched, but even I did not expect the piercing mayhem that has been inundating our eardrums for the past three or four weeks - at at all hours of the day and much of the nights as well. Obviously even magpies have problems with their kids - well into their teens and beyond - according to the "bird time frame" that this piercing squawking has has been going on for - like - forever!.
Those young magpies have to have entered their "teens and beyond" by now but they must be worst "problem children" of the bird kingdom because, surely by now, they should have grown up so that their parents can relax in peace! This has obviously not happened and those young magpies are like some people's families. These "bird kids" just refuse to "fly the coop"! Their poor, haggard, parents are still trying to teach them how to fend for themselves and they are apparently failing miserably at that task. It sounds to me like those young magpies will never, ever, grow up and will forever be depending on their parents to supply them with all the basic needs of life!
I think this family of magpies is the perfect example of the "true dysfunctional family" of the bird world!!!