I have had magpies dive bombing a nest at the front of my house,
they are drinking out of my dog s bowl
and two of them were attacking a cat in my neighbours tree,
they won t let the smaller birds eat the food i have hanging in the tree for them.
they walk about my lawn when im in the garden they have no fear .
Hi Valerie, Magpies can do so much harm. Why aren’t magpies spoken about when there is talk of a reduction in garden birds?
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I saw a really funny thing a few weeks ago- a Buzzard flew across our garden, hotly pursued by a crow, who was squawking at the Buzzard as he chased it. But the hilarious thing was…. a small bird about the size of a Finch flying also in hot pursuit of the Buzzard, just above the Crow- twittering away for all it was worth! They both had the same thing in mind- to chase the Buzzard away, but I couldn’t help thinking- would that little bird have been quite so full of himself without out his large and aggressive “mate” beside him!?
Wish I’d seen it. Wouldn’t it have been great if you’d had your camera with you.
A Buzzard being chased by a Crow! It is often Crows who are chasing smaller birds, so I wonder if he knew what was happening.
I bet it was the high point of the little birds day to join in. But this does prove to me that birds think things out
Here is a advice on stopping attacks – especially near a birdtable
Being a pigeon fancier for over 20yrs, i have tried many ways to deter attacks.
One of the best was when i hung old cds around the lofts, its almost stopped all attacks at the lofts.
If only i could hang them in a larger area. I hope that this may help those only trying to protect their birdtable.
Thank you very much for taking the time to share your knowledge.
Jo has got in touch to tell us –
I was standing watching the bird feeder this morning and noticed that a pair of Dunnocks flitting around the back border.
They were dicing with death, diving in and out of the chicken run and pinching pellet feed. If the girls catch them, feathers will fly!
They seem to be ignoring the bird feeder intended for the garden birds and the suet and insect pellets on the ground. Very cheeky. Jo
Hello Jo, They will surely be healthy, strong Dunnocks with pellet feed inside them!
I can just imagine these fast, small little birds out manouvering the hens! thanks for telling us about this
It’s the sort of thing I do – bypass the healthy option food and go for a big bar of chocolate!
This was in reply to DUNNOCK FACT SHEET
We have several bird feeders in our back yard and every day for the past week we have had dead sparrows, one day 4. Their beaks and sometimes their heads have been pecked or eaten off. We haven’t seen them kill each other but they certainly do fight constantly. We are thinking of taking down the feeders to prevent the killing.
This sounds horrible, especially when it should be a time of nesting and new life.
It may be a good idea to take the feeders down, but then would these attacks happen somewhere else.
It may not be sparrows.
Take a look at my category about bird eating bird http://birdtablenews.com/category/bird-eating-bird/
There seems to be a lot of mayhem going on in our civilised gardens. Nature.