Magpies - they are my buddies here in Edmonton. They often come to our terrace and pose for me. I love to look at the shimmering colours in their wings and tails - greens, blues, purples, blacks and whites. I have spent numerous hours staring at magpies. They are quite clever birds. They are also vicious to outsiders - I have witnessed a group of them attack another magpie that happened to infringe on their territory - it was ugly!