There's a fine congregation of magpies that arise squawking in alarm from my red gooseberry bushes in the morning - I leave at least one bush unpicked to share the bounty, but the clever sods have been raiding *my especially ripe and easier-to-pick ones recently! Crows are also wonderful to watch in their family groupings and tribal gatherings - immensely sociable birds, and extraordinary communicators. Their range of distinct sounds make an obvious sense, and watching mass 'flying school' for the young fledglings is a great experience each year.