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    Quote Originally Posted by speytime View Post
    Myself and 4 others locally that I know of have got larsson traps set for the magpies and crows I have no issues about stretching there necks or shooting them whenever possible.
    Yes the trap is registered.

    The magpies were taking the young blue tits and blackbirds most years hence getting the trap for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lee71 View Post
    Got nowt against popping a few pests off.
    Depends what you consider to be a 'pest'. I've got nothing against crows or magpies. Both great birds to observe - and way more intelligent than other birds. Magpie is one of my favourite birds. The whole reason blue tits have about 20 young in a clutch and can do a 2nd or 3 clutch in a year is because they are highly predated-on by all manner of other birds - sparrowhawks and kestrels included. If you remove the predators we'd all be knee-deep in fechin' blue tits. Nature balances its own books if we allow it to get on with things. Blue tit and blackbird numbers are not in danger.

    I had a pair of magpies build their nest outside my window last year. Enjoyed watching them...








    I enjoy watching this crow. He has a deformity of the beak and has a real job getting food into it. But he's a survivor. Quite a few folk, including myself, help by putting food down for him...


    I might put up some blue tit nest boxes to help produce food for the local crows and magpies.

    Col
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    Default Re: Bad nest sites

    Even the magpie's have enemies....

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    Quote Originally Posted by boorod View Post
    Even the magpies have enemies....
    Aye, crows take the young magpies too - and folk want to kill magpies and crows for the same reason??? Plenty little old ladies want the sparrowhawks killed because they eat all the cute fluffy little songbirds. Everything has its place in the food pyramid...



    Why is one thing labelled a pest because it is higher up the pyramid than another thing?

    Caterpillars are labelled a pest by gardeners, but blue tits would starve without a good supply... then sparrowhawks would starve...
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    If you have a feeding station you can't put up signs saying small birds only. In the garden we have plants, which have pests feeding on them, we have birds eating the pests and our feeders keep them here, which attracts the bigger birds to harass the small ones and probably get some, although they are usually hanging off a feeder, and we have a Sparrow Hawk that takes the odd bird......and the cats do to but we try and discourage them. Just like a water hole in the middle of Africa, it attracts all animals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishtales View Post
    ...and the cats do too...
    Aye, if we want to protect garden birds, leave the crows and magpies and sparrowhawks alone, and get rid of cats!
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    [QUOTE=Cap'n Fishy; Plenty little old ladies want the sparrowhawks killed because they eat all the cute fluffy little songbirds. Everything has its place in the food pyramid...
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    Aye, have heard it all before on other sites, ( cant show that, its terrible should shoot all Sparrowhawks ) sort off thing, but its ok to show a Blue Tit eating a Caterpillar

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    This was a great site for nesting, a 6 metre margin along the side of a field, left wild and full of larks. Then the farmer chopped them all up !

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    Looks like it could have been a bit steep too
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Fishy View Post
    Depends what you consider to be a 'pest'. I've got nothing against crows or magpies. Both great birds to observe - and way more intelligent than other birds. Magpie is one of my favourite birds. The whole reason blue tits have about 20 young in a clutch and can do a 2nd or 3 clutch in a year is because they are highly predated-on by all manner of other birds - sparrowhawks and kestrels included. If you remove the predators we'd all be knee-deep in fechin' blue tits. Nature balances its own books if we allow it to get on with things. Blue tit and blackbird numbers are not in danger.

    I had a pair of magpies build their nest outside my window last year. Enjoyed watching them...








    I enjoy watching this crow. He has a deformity of the beak and has a real job getting food into it. But he's a survivor. Quite a few folk, including myself, help by putting food down for him...


    I might put up some blue tit nest boxes to help produce food for the local crows and magpies.

    Col
    I like them enough to supply them with food water and shelter

    Al

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