We do not have many magpies around Kootenay Lake. This bird favours open country, and most of the lake is rimmed with forests. However, if you know where to look, we do have a few.
Black-billed Magpies have a wide-ranging diet: fruit, grain, insects, small mammals, and bird’s eggs. Unexpectedly, carrion is a particular favourite. Before today, I had never before seen magpies feast upon it.
A Black-billed Magpie flies in. What attracted it?
Quickly, it was evident that the appeal was the decaying carcass of a deer.
It set to work swallowing endless bits and pieces of the carcass.
Occasionally the magpie would fly back into the trees with a mouthful.
“This is good stuff; you should try it.”