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THEY say it’s one for sorrow but this mischievous magpie is bringing nothing but joy.

Fond of pecking toes, playing with pegs and pestering dogs, Maggie is ruffling feathers up and down Wellspring Close, Wingerworth.

sp91497'Maggie the Wingerworth Magpie with Gillie the dog

sp91497'Maggie the Wingerworth Magpie with Gillie the dog

“All of a sudden swoosh, there’s this bird sitting on my garden chair and pecking at my ear,” said retired teacher Glyn Reeve, describing how the magpie first flew in four weeks ago.

“It’s unusual to get this, such a friendly bird. It’s quite incredible really. Everyone loves her.”

Wife Pauline, 51, added: “When she arrived I said I think I can get that bird to eat out of my hand and she did.

“Everyone was sitting in their gardens the other night and all we could hear down the street was ‘get off my foot!’

For the full story see tomorrow’s Derbyshire Times.

By Ellen Beardmore

ellen.beardmore @derbyshiretimes.co.uk