I remember talking to someone last year who had seen two blackbirds trying stop two magpies stealing the blackbirds’ eggs.
The blackbirds failed. The magpies won. The magpies took the blackbird eggs by raiding the nest
If this happens every year unseen by us then is it any wonder that blackbird numbers are falling.
Magpies have been raiding birds nests for years. It is a well known fact they skim along hedges raiding nests.
Two ways to help keep birds and birds eggs safe –
Plant a Hawthorn hedge TO READ WHY HAWTHORN HEDGES GIVE PROTECTION CLICK HERE
Put up nest boxes – Make sure the nest box does not have any perches. The exterior of a nest box is a dangerous place for birds. Perches on nest boxes encourage birds to rest outside the nest box and so make it easier for them to be seen by predators.
Novelty bird boxes may look nice, but the tried and tested bird boxes give a reliable nesting home to many birds.
Magpies are scavengers.
Here is a video of a magpie that came to my lawn