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Spring brings new life to my backyard not only with immature Little Ravens but many other birds, as well as the Australian Magpie. Immature Little Ravens at first, spend most of their time in the tree tops, occasionally following their parents down to my back lawn, while the immature Magpies already spend much of their time on the ground.The immature Little Ravens are a slightly older than the immature Magpies, but they are around the same size.
In the beginning, the immature Magpies are chased away by Blu and Diddi, knowing the Magpies are accompanied by their parents. Like Magpies, adult Little Ravens are also highly protective of their young.
After about a month, immature Little Ravens are content with roaming around my backyard. They are extremely playful, picking at my plants, throwing objects around, playing in the water and chasing their siblings on my back lawn.
Juvenile Magpies are now at the age where they devote more time away from their parents as do the juvenile Little Ravens. The Little Ravens are growing fast and by this stage they’re slightly larger than the juvenile Magpies but still very clumsy on their feet. When a juvenile Magpie enters my yard, the Little Ravens think they have got a new playmate. As one of the young Ravens approaches the juvenile Magpie, he is very cautious but curious. The young Magpie is unsure and snaps at the Little Raven, warning him to keep away. The Raven feels intimated by the Magpie and goes running to his sibling for protection.
Another month passes by and now the juvenile Ravens are noticeably larger than the juvenile Magpie. The Ravens cease to be intimidated by the juvenile Magpie, often standing next to them, bumping the magpie with their wings, fluffing themselves up and raising their head feathers to appear larger than they already are. The juvenile Magpie feels threatened by the juvenile Ravens actions, often resulting in the Magpie flying away.
Blu and Diddi will sit and watch from the tree tops, as their offspring harass the juvenile Magpies but very rarely get involved. It’s all part of learning to live with Magpies.
Juvenile Ravens and Magpies can often be seen chasing each other in flight. Occasionally, it gets too much for the Ravens with the Magpies calling for backup from their family members.