- magpie ethics…?
we live in a beautiful rural part of Devon reknowned for it’s songbirds..
It’s a new estate and as such has probably upset the wildlife balance to some degree what with the actual buildings and the huge influx of available food..(mostly provided by our next door neighbour with their enormous and elaborate feeding station..)
My problem is a lone resident Magpie that is capitalising on this by hanging around at the end of the gardens.. eating as many eggs and baby birds as it can stomach.. I imagine it’s probably picking off all the overweight slow moving adult birds too after they have finished gorging themselves on the plentiful supply of nuts, seeds and leftovers..
It’s as fat as a hen and has already seen off most of the migratory birds that have recently arrived.. I worry for our xmas Robin..
can I shoot it with a clear conscience..? I’m prepared to eat it..Posted 6 years agoderek_starshipMember
Knock it off with a head shot from an air rifle that’s up to the job power wise and accuracy wise. Also, you must be able to place a pellet into a target the size of a 2p coin, at range and with “buck fever” affecting your breathing and heart rate. Practice, practice and practice. Even a magpie deserves a humane exit.
Oh – and don’t eat it. Chuck it into the undergrowth for Charlie.Posted 6 years ago
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