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 !!
I’m sad and angry.
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