Magpies are funny birds, but can be a nusens too intelligent as they are. If they see anything shiny or colourful and it´s small enough they´ll steel it if they get the chanse :-) One of my neighbours had a tame once and that bird were even wors than my Kaja (was it Jack Draw they were called Woody?)
On the brighter side though, is that we are getting so much warmer weather now. Today we have had 13C (55F) and that I like :-) Still very early in spring and April can be snowy and very cold here. Last Year winter didn´t arrive until the last week in April. When Easter came so did the cold weather. For me that likes Nort American trees and bushes it almost were a catastrofy (well that was a bit too much to be honest, minor backdraw is a better word I think) because they had started to get leafs. Some things died and others was rather much frozen. But what doesn´t kill strengthens as my mormor (grandmother on mothers side) always said.
Last year they tried to build a nest in my neighbours spruce, but he tore it down every time. This year they have this nest in the crab apple tree beside my dogyard. They will probably be teasing my dogs all summer :-)
My dogs were barking like crazy when I got home today. Not because of me comming home I think, but I had managed to lock both my cats in the garage this morning :-) They sat in the window facing the dogyard and my dogs wanted to help them I think. I hope they caught the mice that use to walk around in my car every night, leaving their droppings everywhere. I´m a bit tired of them now I can say. Have a mouse trap in one of the seats but the little rodents avoid it like it is the pest :-)