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Postby ruanwv on Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:26 pm

So there we were visiting London, England doing what any MAGPI member would be doing - we were searching for a Geocache! Specifically we were at the Palace of Westminster (ie. Big Ben clock tower, GCE387) looking for clues to the virtual cache when we spotted a pair of Magpies. How did we know they were Magpies you ask?? Well we pulled out our MAGPI pathtags and compared them to the birds in front of us and ... we had a definite match!

We don't know how many MAGPI members have actually seen a Magpie before, since they are limited to a small area of the west coast in North America ... we had not previously seen one. We did a bit of research and it appears that our logo is actually a European Magpie, which we now had right in front of us! These are very intelligent birds and they quickly pointed us toward the answers we were seeking. During our research we also noted that the spelling of the bird is MagpiE, with a trailing "E." Since we weren't around at the creation of MAGPI we don't know the history and the month long discussions that went into the decision as to the spelling of the group name, but as a corollary to match the spelling of the bird we might use Mountaineer Area Geocaching Persons of Interest are Everywhere (remember we were in London at the time).

We understand that it is definitely too much for a pathtag, but we just thought we would "stir the pot" and ask how many other MAGPI members have actually seen a Magpie??

Check out the pics from London.

Russ and Anne (Ruanwv)
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MAGPI Pathtag with Magpie on Chimney Top.
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European Magpies at the Palace of Westminster.
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Postby Spotty Spotty Pony Girl on Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:50 pm

In Spain they call them Urracas and we tracked them in Scotland as well. Wiley little buggers.
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Postby Knight who says Ni on Wed Sep 21, 2011 3:35 pm

Spotty Spotty Pony Girl wrote: Wiley little buggers.

As are MAGPI....
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