I've never seen a Magpie in the Highlands and have lived up here for 30 odd years. Are you sure it wasn't an Oyster Catcher or pale Hooded Crow both of which I've seen on the Longman.
In reply to nairnred:
Definite magpie. I was waiting at the lights and the bird was on the verge only a few feet away. Having moved from Edinburgh where there are lots of magpies, I am certain about my ID
In reply to Gerry P:
Hi Gerry I'll have to keep my eyes open on Saturday when I'm around there. I've seen them in East Moray so I suppose it was only a matter of time until they moved west.
Hello Gerry, I would certainly report it, as it seems a very rare thing for that area, or indeed anywhere near to Inverness!
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In reply to Catlady:
Gerry, you might want to check out the BTO breeding distribution map for Magpies
Although they are very scarce or even non existent in the western Highlands there does seem to be a cluster around the Moray Firth area.
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i saw a magpie today near Culloden and having come from Glasgow I know a magpie....I was surprised to see it...saw one in Findhorn last year...they are making their way up
In reply to SGalleitch:
There have been sightings of Magpies up here in Caithness, although I have not seen any myself, that is 120 miles north of Inverness!
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