In the previous blog entry entitled Voyeuristic Gaze Through the Lens of a Video Cam: Black Billed Magpie posted last Saturday dated 25th of March 2017, I have shown a photograph and a video of a pair Black Billed Magpie who are building and guarding their nest. To watch them closely from a distance gives a sense of intimate privilege and privilege of intimacy. I cannot get enough, so I went back to the attic and looked at the window. Of course, the pair of black billed magpie I have shown in the previous blog entry is still on their post. They are so committed indeed in fulfilling their duties. This time, however, I have spotted one of their kind in solitude or at least alone in that particular moment. Below, you will find a video I have uploaded on youtube as I watch this bird more closely.
I am not entirely sure of what these birds are called. Their main physical characteristic is that they have black and white plumage. When search the google search engine through the keywords: ‘black birds with black and white feathers’. The search result was extensive and provided an ample quantity of photographs of black and white feathered birds. The closest image to the bird I was looking for is called Black Billed Magpie. It’s scientific name is Pica Hudsonia. In some sources, they are mentioned as Pica Pica (Linnaeus). The sources also indicate that these birds are usually seen in Western North America. These birds on the photographs are seen in North-Western part of Europe. Is it possible that these birds are migrating? Are they now on a stop-over because they have to rear their young?