I’ve recently been watching a large group of about 5 or 6 magpies, 3 being the young and very inquisitive. They have become the dominant members of our local back gardens.
3 or so months back I used to be waken by early birds, now it’s pretty much silent since these young magpies have been growing and foraging the area.
They are an absolute pest. They leave no stone unturned, are contantly pecking at the tarpaulin on our roof which has caused damp on our ceiling.
The poor blackbirds are absolutely helpless.
This morning I watched the pack of magpies working their way down the gardens, pecking at bikes, aerials, window frames and even amusingly attempting to disturb a grey squirrel (sadly another pest that has taken over) but with no luck.
I thoroughly agree that these birds must be culled and the animal rights activist need to stop being so uptight.
It will be an awful world without songbirds. Magpies are far from beautiful sounding.
Andrew please get in touch with a website called Songbird Survival. They are doing research into this and trying to save our songbird population
Andrew got in touch because he had seen this article on Bird Table News