Started by: ena malcup (1170) 

I know that they are predators, and attack other birds.

But today, for the first time ever, I have just observed in my garden, a magpie totally conceal itself amongst the seasonal abundant foliage, and ambush a small green bird.

Will make effort to continue observation to see if such behaviour persists.

Started: 20th Jun 2022 at 15:34

Posted by: Anne (4163) 

Never seen anything like that ena. Magpies just strut about here. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard have finally left after seven weeks plus two weeks of dithering about it.

Replied: 20th Jun 2022 at 16:06

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (4806) 

Hi there get yourself a pellet gun and when you see these magpie's again blast them , for after tending my nest box full of small blue tit chick's 8 in all when it was time for them to fly off a couple of these rotten maggies caught and ate the all ,it upset me so much that every time i see maggies i try to get rid of them ,sorry if i sound cruel ENA but i would rather see all my small blue tits make it .....GB

Replied: 20th Jun 2022 at 16:08

Posted by: sonlyme (3162)

Here here GB.Horrible creatures magpies.

Replied: 20th Jun 2022 at 22:47

Posted by: First Mate (737)

All part of nature

Replied: 20th Jun 2022 at 23:02

Posted by: broady (18205) 

We have magpies squawking all day as they chase the squirrels along the fence. I think the squirrels are always trying to steal their eggs. One day they were silent for hours and when I looked it was because an owl was perched in a nearby tree.

Replied: 21st Jun 2022 at 00:04

Posted by: kathpressey (5470) 

Magpies are bullies. I saw one see off a sparrow hawk in our garden that was feasting on a pigeon that it caught. I have seen 2 bullying a cat that was cowering in my pats [i suppose the magpies had a nest nearby]. We have sparrows nest in a neighbour's rambling honeysuckle and watched a magie dive bomb from the roof to get at the nest. I suppose all birds have an order in life but magpies are not my favourite. Last week we came around the corner and there was a magpie lying in the road and being savagely attacked by another magpie. nature is cruel

Replied: 21st Jun 2022 at 08:44

Posted by: jathbee (11349)

They are the SS of the bird family. Evil, cruel, vicious bully boys and girls I detest them.

Replied: 22nd Jun 2022 at 19:28

Posted by: davey (262)

Unfortunately the government has taken this bird off the ''general list'' so you aren't allowed to dispose of them legally.
Thats doogooders for you.
As an aside my hedgehogs just turned up for his tea at 8 o'clock, anyone else's out this early? must be the good weather

Replied: 22nd Jun 2022 at 20:07

Posted by: Platty (1373)

Davey: have you left water out for them, maybe that's why they're early.
I hate magpies, evil birds.
I have a Sparrowhawk (worse things but beautiful birds) that swoops down over my garden morning and evening. Privileged to see him, they're so shy.

Broady: what sort of owl was it, snowy, barn....?

Replied: 23rd Jun 2022 at 07:46

Posted by: retep1949 (825)

My daughter feeds her two dogs outside and when the larger dog was being fed they were coming down and chasing her away to get at the food.Her other dog is little nowty terrier and they never come down to get her food or any other time she is out.Magpies are quite intelligent .

Replied: 23rd Jun 2022 at 08:08


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