I really like magpies, too bad we don't have any where I live in So Cal (got the yellow-billed in Central CA, and way north the black-billed starts). They're quite lovely. I always thing they're wearing a nice little pair of black bloomers
Great pic. Have seen the mockingbirds do this too. The wings sort of stutter their way to being spread and they do it over and over again. Especially when investigating something new. Wonder what that's about?