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


  1. Paula

    Re: “Magpies are far from beautiful sounding”… Absolutely! In fact their distinctive sound always reminds me of the noise made by the malevolent creature in the ‘Alien’ films!
    Please can anyone advise at what stage of development a young bird would be safe from attack by a magpie? At the moment I have one young blackbird in the garden … the sole survivor of 9 blackbird chicks from 3 different clutches of eggs. It is about the same size as the mother bird who is feeding it; but still without tail feathers, and not yet a proficient flyer. Having escaped the attention of the Sparrowhawk (who, thankfully, seems to have ‘disappeared’!) it would be absolutely dreadful if this youngster became a victim of the Magpie family who are now raiding the food that I put out for the songbirds.

  2. graham

    magpies and rapters
    I think a juvenile black bird of about three months oid would survive an attack from a magpie because it would have matured enough to sence danger and either hide or
    take off quickly.
    Youg black birds tend to mature slower than some other
    birds. If you are feedindg the bird in your garden make sure that your presense is seen by the magpie ,or sparrow hawk,as it helps to keep them at bay(away).
    good luck

  3. UK Songbirds

    I absolutely agree, it would be an awful world without songbirds!

    I have a website which is raising awareness about the plight of songbirds called

    I urge all concerned about songbirds to visit the site and send in your feedback.

    The website is:

    Thank you and keep up the good work!

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