My darlin' had to say goodbye to our feathered friend Midge the magpie last week. We have hand reared him for the past year after he was blown out of the nest as a fledgeling. Whilst he was a joy to have around we decided that it was inhumane to keep him in a cage so he has gone to stay with a WIRES carer until he can be released. She will look after him until she thinks it is time to leave the avairy door open. Hopefully the local magpies will adopt him.... meantime if you hear a magpie wolf-whistle at you just say "Hi Midge!"