Very cool, @penultima_thule! It’s fun to have bird pals around, isn’t it?
During my lockdown time (which has been mostly continuous for the past year and a half), I’ve made better friends with the ravens that inhabit the forest on my property. One is a male too young to mate. I named him Edgar. (Predictable, I know. )
I leave treats for him most days and we have quite the communication system going. I’ve taught him that he only gets treats if he stays at the front of the house. If he tries to catch my attention at the rear of the house, he gets yelled at. The reason I’ve done this is because the ravens destroyed a brand-new spa cover I purchased a few years ago to mine it for nesting material. I want to discourage this from ever happening again. It’s working!
Edgar made the mistake of bragging about his daily treats to his buddies, and now I have to be careful about when I set them out to make sure he gets a chance at them first. I know ravens are communal to a point, but it appears the mated pairs take care of themselves and their young first. As a solo male, Edgar brings up the rear of the hierarchy.
I believe your Australian magpies and my American ravens are both members of the corvid family.
COVID brought us corvids.