When we moved to the Paris suburb, I expected to see a difference in dress. I didn't expect that even the local fauna would live up to the elevated fashion standards.
Meet the magpie, one of the most visible and ubiquitous birds in our area. A trim, intelligent corvid, magpies dress in ever-elegant black and white, with splashes of iridescent blue to keep it jaunty. They're social birds, so you often see them in groups of two or three. I love sighting these dapper little fellows, and hearing them chatter from the trees in the garden.
One for sorrow,
Two for joy,
Three for a girl,
Four for a boy,
Five for silver,
Six for gold,
Seven for a secret never to be told.
I've been looking around for groups of magpies, and so far, I've been seeing be groups of three at most---so maybe we're due for another girl!
I haven't caught any good pictures of them, so I'll leave you with a second magpie (because we want joy) from the world of art.
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