Daily Archives: July 5, 2013

MAGPIE KILLING BLUE TITS

 

After 3 years of having an empty nest box in our garden, we have a blue tit nesting.

Then 3 days ago a chick was seen peeping out. Soon after, the chick left the box and hid behind some plants in the garden, but was not able to fly.

 Darkness fell and we had to leave the fledgling. It was nowhere to be found in the morning. Today another fledgling came from the nest but we thought it stood a better chance as it was earlier in the morning.

My husband was on guard watching when a magpie swooped and tried to pick it up, but the magpie dropped it and flew off when my husband ran out and chased it away. The chick seemed to recover ok. But in the time it took my husband to unlock a door to let me into our house when I arrived back from shopping, the magpie had swooped down and picked up the chick.

I saw it fly off with the chick in its beak and then it landed on a nearby rooftop where it began to rip the chick apart.

All this happened in about 30 seconds and we are now afraid that this could have happened even more without us knowing as the adult blue tit seems to have left the nest. We are so so sad !!

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I’m sad and angry. 

Take a look at this link

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1351054/Crows-magpies-trapped-killed-cull-protect-songbirds.html

Why not join Song Bird Survival.  I have

When you have looked after birds through the winter it is sad …

7.30am this morning screeching out side my backdoor and there is a sparrow hawk with a male blackbird, ..    seconds earlier I think I could have saved the little might.

 

I know that they have to eat and feed their young but when you have looked after these birds through the winter, it heartbreaking to lose one….this is the first time I have seen one in the garden, now I assume it will not be the last!

 

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I received this sad story from Linda.  She wrote in  reply to  an article that started it’s life in 2010.  – Ways to Stop Sparrowhawk Attacks in Gardens.   In case you want to travel back to 2010 here is the link –

http://birdtablenews.com/2010/03/ways-to-stop-sparrowhawk-attacks-in-gardens/

It shows what an ongoing problem sparrowhawks are. What can be done?

What Linda says is true we do look after birds, and in looking after them we care for their welfare.