Maggie the magpie returns to rule the roost

Maggie the magpie returns to rule the roost


9th March 2007

Maggie has now returned to Newton Regis, Warwickshire

One of the posters (top), and Rhona Oxford, who owned up to her birdnapping antics

When it came to popularity, Maggie the magpie was top of the pecking order in Newton Regis.

Every day she visited the village school, where delighted pupils fed her crusts by hand and giggled when she landed on their heads.

She was also a welcome guest at the pensioners' weekly coffee mornings and even stood on the touchline at Sunday league football matches.

But one resident of the Warwickshire village was less enamoured of Maggie after she conformed to the larcenous reputation of her species.

Rhona Oxford, 64, spotted the tame bird trying to escape through her lace curtains with a 2p coin in her beak. Angered by Maggie's audacity, Mrs Oxford caught her, put her in a box and drove deep into the countryside, where she released her.

Mrs Oxford, a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, kept quiet about her actions as consternation grew in the village about Maggie's mysterious disappearance.

Tearful children put up "Missing" posters appealing for help in tracing the bird and wrote poems expressing their sadness at her departure.

Meanwhile, as rumours spread through the village about what had happened, school dinner lady Roz Afford heard that Maggie had been spotted several miles away in Shuttington and received a tip-off about Mrs Oxford's involvement.

Miss Afford then led an angry delegation which confronted Mrs Oxford about their suspicions. Yesterday, Miss Afford, 51, said: "She confessed. She said she didn't want the bird in her house. She said Maggie took 2p. I said, "I'll give you 2p if you are that bothered"."

Mrs Oxford, who lives near the village school, said: "I am just sorry I upset so many people. I have apologised profusely. I explained to the ladies who questioned me that I am a member of the RSPB and I have been for over 20 years. I love birds. I travel the country visiting RSPB reserves. I have raised funds for the RSPB."

Mrs Oxford said she used to feed Maggie but the bird got too friendly.

"I like to have my windows open but I had to close them to keep her out,' she said. She collects 2p coins for charity box collections and leaves them on a window ledge inside her home.

She finally lost patience when Maggie slipped in through an open window and could not resist the temptation of taking one of the coins. Mrs Oxford said: "I was gobsmacked when it tried to get out through the lace curtains."

Maggie was missing for seven days, but has now returned to the village, to the delight of the local children. Elliot Smith, ten, said: "I am happy and surprised that Maggie has come back. She is very intelligent finding her way home."
I think not
That old bird looks like Thatcher.
Sneaky Title!!!

I thought it was about Thatcher too - regaining her youthful self again by some medical miracle....
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Sneaky Title!!!

I thought it was about Thatcher too - regaining her youthful self again by some medical miracle....

Sneaky,I'll say. I thought it was about Margret Trudeau. But maybe the bird is more interesting after all.

Agreed....not many Margarets around to get woozy over eh? I have a sister Margaret - the beauty of the bunch -
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
It's interesting....

Most of the folks around here would have just shot the bird.

...I just have screens in my windows. The only birdies who make it into my house somehow fall down my chimney. Don't worry, I let them go
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Agreed....not many Margarets around to get woozy over eh? I have a sister Margaret - the beauty of the bunch -


While your sister might be more pleasing to the eye...beholder stuff....I'm well aware of the beauty that emerges from within the "virtual-person" who calls herself Curiosity....

You are beautiful...I know!
how do u think they recognised maggie? consider the possibility a completely different magpie showed up and started behaving in the same way all magpies behave. they're not exactly full of distinguishing features
Yeah Herm that's true but this one tap-danced...
natural behaviour. fully instinctive.
I LOVE Magpies! They were my fav bird in England. Id sit there and talk to hostess' would giggle at me lol
Last edited by selfactivated; Mar 10th, 2007 at 07:48 PM..
they're common in edmonton too
Rar! I'm a scary monster!
Never seen one in real life. I guess they don't come down south as far as NC, USA.

...or I'm not very observant...

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