My mum is really superstitious about Magpies, to the point, that if we see one on its own, we try to divert her attention elsewhere.We have a pair come every year, they have their young and then they seem to disappear. I know they often get blamed for taking the eggs and fledglings of songbirds. I try here to provide dense coverage for the thrush, blackbirds etc to nest in. I actually like the magpie, I think they are quite stunning when the sun shines on them and you see their vibrant blue colours. I wouldn't want more than two though.