Magies killing baby sparrows, taking blackbird eggs and chicks. As Louise said – No More Song

I have recently had very similar comments about Magpies.

Each person is supset, as I get upset when I see Magpies in the hedgerows.

I first wrote about Magpies killing other birds in 2009 .  I had a lot of comments. Please click on the link below to see the problem people had  trying to feed garden birds

Read the 3 comments below the link  to see the problems people are still having from Magpies – ,  while trying to feed garden birds and what damage they are doing

Magpies raiding a blackbirds nest

 

These 3 comments from from, Louise, Heather and Paula prove that nothing has changed.  Our garden birds have enough to put up with – Sparrowhawks, Magpies, Wind, Snow, Lack of food. Something should be done

From Heather

I have a nest of baby sparrows up under the eves of my house, the magpies have spotted the nest and each time the magpies come close the mother and father sparrows go crazy, I come outside and frighten the magpie away, they see me and they leave.. but I know what’s going to happen, it’s the same every year.. they wait until they see me leave and go in for the kill .. I want to shoot the evil things but obviously in the Uk I can’t. Now I’m considering getting a decent catapult and getting rid of the magpies round here that way.. they are evil birds

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From  Louise

Today has been horrid, magpie has taken our beautiful blackbirds eggs !or chicks . No more song

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From Paula

As much as I dread visits from Sparrowhawks, I dread visits from Magpies far more! Sparrowhawks do at least consume the smaller birds that they kill, but the same cannot be said for Magpies … they seem to destroy eggs and nestlings for no apparent reason. I have found several dead Blackbird nestlings in my garden which have been pulled from their nests and just left to die on the ground. Their little un-feathered bodies were absolutely intact … there had been no attempt made to devour them. All were some distance from the nest sites too, so it couldn’t have been a case of them falling, or being blown, from their nests: and as there are no local cats, I can only assume that Magpies were responsible. (Earlier in the season I found two broken eggs in the garden … I understand that Magpies eat the eggs of other species, but the contents of these eggs were still with the shells ie: the yolk hadn’t been consumed). Seeing a Magpie used to be quite a rare event here in suburbia … but these days we’re absolutely plagued by them!

Birds Trapped in Large Swathes of Plastic Netting in England

Today I received the comment below.  Which is wonderful,  Then a minute or two later I read something unbelievable.  The unbelieable cruelty some people do to birds in this country.

THIS IS THE MAGICAL COMMENT:.a male chaffinch has always followed me around , this morning he flew to the window where I was at.  On the off chance I opened my door and held a handful of sunflower seeds out ,and blow me down he just flew and sat on my hand for ..until I got fed up ! I easily get robins and nuthatches and the tit family to feed of the hand but never ever a chaffinch 

A chaffinch sat on your hand!! This is amazing. it must certainly feel safe and at home in your garden.

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I have just been reading how some of Britains housing developers put plastic netting over rows of trees and hedgerows to keep birds off –

THEY DO THIS  BECAUSE –

If  birds are nesting in hedges or trees in the nesting season, it is an offence to disturb or destroy the nest. This means building work will be stopped. That is the reason plastic netting is put over rows of trees, hedgerows which are near building sites. It is to stop birds nesting. BUT, of course, a lot of birds are in the trees and hedges and so get  trapped inside and die. How many young in nests die as a result of this as well

How different it is here in my garden,( and everyone who reads this as well i should think. ) 3 nest boxes being used near my garden. 4 bird tables and 2 different bags of bird food being used to put on these bird tables. All sorts of garden birds zipping in and out of the hedge and flying on waves of wind.
If I looked out of my window and saw birds trapped inside the hedge by netting i would take if off straight away.
This is the first time I have wondered if humans deserve to be on Planet Earth

Here is a link to the article I read

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6820381/Conservationists-fight-housing-developers-wrap-plastic-mesh-trees-stop-birds.html

FEED GARDEN BIRDS ALL YEAR ROUND

English Hawthorn Hedge

A field of corn and an old established hedge

A Holly Bush we planted years ago

THE ABOVE PHOTOS SHOW HOW MUCH COVER AND SHELTER AND NESTING PLACES THAT HEDGES AND BUSHES GIVE BIRDS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY  ARE NESTING, WHICH IS REALLY GOOD.  DO NOT FORGET THAT PUTTING BIRD FOOD OUT HELPS THEM IN SPRING AND SUMMER.

THEN AUTUMN COMES

Thrush perched on a countryside hedge

THEN WINTER ARRIVES.

Earth and water frozen during an English winter

IN WINTER THE DAYS ARE SHORTER AND THE DARK COLD NIGHTS ARE LONGER.  BIRDS HAVE TO FIND FOOD DURING THE SHORT DAYS.  IT DOES NOT NEED TO SNOW FOR WINTER TO BE A PROBLEM FOR GARDEN BIRDS.  WIND AND RAIN AND VERY COLD WEATHER ARE BAD FOR THEM

SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN WINTER.  BIRDS NEED FEEDING ALL YEAR ROUND SO THAT THEY CAN SURVIVE THE SPRING, SUMMER, AUTUMN AND WINTER AND BE STRONG AND ACTIVE FOR THE FOLLOWING YEAR

An insect with 8 legs under a fledgling bird’s feathers. What is the insect?

I had this question about a something moving under a fledgling’s ‘s feathers. Can anyone help?

Trisha, My question is about a fledgling that was sitting on a branch about a foot away from me when I was hanging the birdfeeder back in the lilac trees.

It didn’t seem bothered about me being so close and as I watched it I saw a little lump move across its breast under its feathers, then move back again.

I thought a fly popped out then went back under the feathers and move about again. There seemed to be a bald patch at the top of its leg or possibly at the side of its breast so I wondered if there was an injury that I couldn’t see.

There is a local wildlife rescue centre that I decided to take it to after I tried contacting them but unfortunately couldn’t get through. However once I’d picked the bird up a whole host of previously unseen blackbirds started screeching and at the same moment, not a fly but a similar sized flattish crawling insect appeared through the feathers and quickly went back again.

I immediately put the bird down and as I’d taken the precaution of wearing latex gloves, I hoped that I hadn’t transferred any human smells and they will take care of it.

The insect had eight legs I think but I didn’t get much time to count. I’d imagined that mites would be smaller than this but although I’ve tried searching the Internet I haven’t found anything useful. I was wondering if you have any idea what it could be, and if I see this fledgling again, does it need help or is this normal life for blackbirds.
Kind regards,

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I have been asking people and looking on the Internet, but wondered if you could help.

 

Sparrows killing blackbird chicks

From Carol,

Hi Trisha,
I actually witnessed a sparrow flying into our bay tree where a female  blackbird has been feeding three chicks in her nest.

She was collecting worms for them early this morning and nothing had occurred.  I then saw the mother blackbird and the father walking around the bottom of the nest apparently with nothing to do.

I went out to the garden, and found a blackbird chick dead on the ground under the bay tree and on further investigation the nest was empty.  All this happened in about 15 minutes.

I am looking at the blackbird parents now in the garden looking very dejected.  There are two sparrow nests also in our garden in quite close proximity to the bay tree.

I hope the blackbirds lay another clutch of eggs and have better luck.

All quite upsetting really.

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Carol, Thank you for sending me this sad story.
I hope the blackbirds have another clutch of eggs as well.

It’s lovely that so many people are concerned about our garden birds – and Carol is one of them.

There is a possibility it could have been a magpie, but I don’t think so in that short space of time.

I have received other details of sparrows attacking  birds.  If you read through the Catergories DO SPARROWS ATTACK OTHER BIRDS and also BIRD EATING BIRD you will be able to read some strange things.

Carol, thank you for sharing this with us.  It reminds us that we know so little about the life of garden birds.

Please let me know if the blackbirds do have another clutch of eggs (even if you have to send me an emai)

Trisha

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Low Roofed Bird Table and flat packed meshed bird feeder

This low roofed bird table keeps the bird food dry and the birds protected when they are feeding.  It also makes it difficult for pigeons and rooks etc to get at the feed.  I have been told that some persistent pigeons have managed to get some food.

I have not used this bird table yet, so I cannot comment.

Please email Trisha at birdtablenews@googlemail.com

 

 

low-roofed-birdtable

 

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Here is a link to a plastic covered wire mesh ground feeder that is lightweight and can be folder for ease of posting.  I have used one and they do work

Meshed bird feed cover – for sale. Can be flat packed for posting

Wire mesh bird table to keep the pigeons out!

I was fed up of rooks, crows and pigeons eating all the bird food I put out.

Here is a bird feeder with 25mm wire mesh round it.  One side is hinged for access for putting bird food in.  The holes for access are just large enough for birds up to starling / blackbird size.

Another good point is that this bird table keeps bird food protected from the wind, rain and snow.  It also protects the birds from the worst of the weather when they are feeding

 

meshed bird table

 

For more information about price and delivery please email birdtablenews@gmail.com

Below is a view of the bird table with the door open.

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YouTube – Details of a meshed ground feeder

A Dark Morning

 

I sometimes put bird food out before it becomes really light.  The other morning I took a torch!  I know I must be mad, but there is a reason for this and the reason is – blackbirds!  Once or twice in the early morning I’ve looked out of the window and seen a dark shadow that turns out to be a Blackbird.  It was at the bird tables and the ground feeder looking for food and there wasn’t any.

Now, when I put the early morning bird food out I see 3 or 4  blackbirds at the bird table taking advantage of the quietness of it all.

During the day when the bird table and ground feeder has visits from many of the smaller garden birds I never see a blackbird.  I only see them scurrying about when the garden is quiet and that is usually early morning or early evening.  I enjoy feeding the garden birds and know it helps them through the winter, but apart from that all the garden birds that come to my bird feeders really cheer up that corner of my garden. They flit in and out of the hedges and among the hedge rows and  make me laugh.