The Birds

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by sheddy, 31 Mar 2008.

  1. sheddy

    sheddy Veteran

    Magpies have spent the last week building a nest high up in a tree in my garden. I am now trying to rustle up the courage to destroy it.
    Am I being a complete bastard ? Will I be pecked to death ? What do the team think ?
  2. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    Let them be, they will not harm you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  3. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    They harm other birds, though and they're noisy feckers, too!
  4. Panter

    Panter Just call me Chris...

    Leave 'em alone, they have enough to deal with as it is. Consider yourself honoured that they've chosen your garden to continue the species ;)

    If you really have to do it though do it now before they lay eggs.
  5. red_tom

    red_tom New Member

    East London
    Dip something shiny in some poison and hope they nick it?
  6. dan_bo

    dan_bo How much does it cost to Oldham?

    Careful they don't peck your eyes out while you're getting rid. And don't try doing it whilst being positioned precariously at the top of an unsupported ladder.
  7. it is illegal to destroy a wild bird nest.

    magpies are ok. centuries of superstition have left a bad mark. they're very clever bird (as are most of the crow family). they are no more killers than other birds - i've seen ducks trying to kill other ducklings, herons kill loads of chicks, coots will kill moorhens and little grebe chicks.

    leave it. they are doing you no harm. they probably don't like you as a neighbour, but they're getting on with things. beside... you can have a good view of the babes.

  8. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    On balance, I'd leave them unless they do something really bad...
  9. gbb

    gbb Legendary Member

    I have mixed feelings on this one.
    I wouldnt normally harm any living it an ant or a rat...anything.

    BUT..magpies are prolific takers of chicks from songbird nests. Some sources believe they have a bad impact on songbird populations.

    15 years ago, i'd NEVER seen a magpie, now they are so abundant, i'm not surprised they are regarded as vermin by some.

    They are known to monitor nests in the vicinity, then go back when the chicks are vulnerable.
  10. humans have had a worse impact on songbirds... modern homes have nowhere for nests and older ones are being tarted up and nooks blocked... plus people don't like the noise of birds close by and deliberately stop nests.

    a few years ago i rarely saw a woodpigeon, now they are everywhere, it doesn't mean they are destroying songbirds, it's just they are adapting.

    some nice info on magpies there.
  11. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Hmmmm. Next thing they'll be setting up a Parliament outside your window, driving you mad with that cackling, then even claiming all kinds of expenses for housing.

    However having listened to a R4 programme about Magpies I do agree that they are a much-maligned bird, worth observing for their intelligence and strong territorial instincts.
  12. RR - a parliament is rooks. think it's a tiding of magpies

    and, let's not forget, an oven is oystercatchers.
  13. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Magpie... Susan Stranks... dribble dribble

  14. Milo

    Milo Veteran

    Melksham, Wilts
    The hair looks photo shopped.
  15. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    . . . and seven for a secret never to be told! :biggrin:

    I prefered Val Singleton, but I would have done, if I was old enough, and if she said yes! :smile:
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