I’ve received this sad story –

I have just found this after researching Magpies and thier habits regarding stealing eggs particularly Blackbirds by the look of things.

 I work for a sign company set in a rural part of east sussex, we were all delighted when a pair of Blackbirds nested in an outbuilding in view of the factory and we delighted in watching the diligent hen bird coming and going and sitting for hours on the nest, after about 16 days much excitement surrounded the nest with both birds coming and going and we guessed the chicks had hatched

 you can imagine our dismay when we came into work this Monday to the sight of a Magpie sitting on a beam near the nest and a very ditraught mother Blackbird attempting to return to her nest only to be thwarted by the aggressive Magpie, all the staff are gutted these birds are an absolute menace and I wasn’t aware of thier vicious canibalistic habits until I found this forum and enjoyed reading other peoples experiances with these hateful creatures.


Bob was replying to this Bird Table News article which started it’s life in 2009!

June 2009 is when I first wrote about magpies raiding nests and it is June 2013 now.  How many more unseen ‘killing raids’ have magpies done.
When I visit Manchester and go for a walk in a park  the only birds I see are magpies.   I think a lot of people don’t realise that magpies do so much killing.


  1. 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!

  2. Trish Post author

    What a sad story. So many dead garden birds. What a waste.

    Everyone should be told what problems and carnage Magpies cause.

    What chance do our garden birds have

  3. Lois Lawler

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

  4. Heather chandler

    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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