They truly are horrible birds. The rats of the bird family. Despite their colours they are actually members of the crow family which means they are clever, resourceful and downright nasty killers with it. They think nothing of emptying bird nests of eggs or baby birds, hell we had one eating our hens eggs every day if we didn’t get their early enough.Posted 3 years agobearnecessitiesSubscriber
What ‘orrible things; I didn’t realise until tonight and a quick google to check. I thought they were just cheeky scavengers that flew off with ladies bracelets etc.
It had been a great day, and I sat out on the front step contemplating my achievements, overlooking the common, with a nice cold drink, and suddenly see a magpie swoop on something.
With the location, I guessed it was a field mouse and stood up to have a look, only to see this bastard bird pecking some tiny little bird to death, that was by now tweeting it’s displeasure.
Immediate reaction was to shoo it off, but then thought the victim could end up just suffering a slow painful death from it’s injuries, so I just went in. I’m still wondering whether I did the right thing 😥
Magpies. Arseholes.Posted 3 years agoernie_lynchMember
I had a pet magpie (captive bred) for 16 years and he was without doubt the most good tempered and cheerful pet I’ve ever had. He adored me and was an absolute delight. He could mimic me extremely well, and also fire alarms, for some reason. I’ve had a couple of other brain damaged rescued ones, got one at the moment minus a wing, poor fecker.Posted 3 years agoernie_lynchMember
@ Coyote – Jackdaws are probably the best because they are the most highly gregarious of the family so are likely the bond very closely with a human, I’ve never had one though. Magpies are simular in that respect too. Jays are the worse, I’ve had one – they are solitary animals and are extremely uncomfortable with humans. Crows IME differ remarkably as individuals. I’ve got one 25 years old who’s a character but can sometimes be aggressive and doesn’t really enjoy being stroked, got another one half that age who is never aggressive and likes to be stroked. They have very different tastes in food too. TBH I wouldn’t recommend them as pets.Posted 3 years agoKlunkMember
I had a pet magpie (captive bred) for 16 years and he was without doubt the most good tempered and cheerful pet I’ve ever had. He adored me and was an absolute delight. He could mimic me extremely well, and also fire alarms, for some reason. I’ve had a couple of other brain damaged rescued ones, got one at the moment minus a wing, poor fecker.
our neighbour had a pet Magpie years ago, it was mesmerized by our pet rabbits white tail (black rabbit) and used to spend hour following it around the garden.Posted 3 years agoderek_starshipMember
I detest magpies. As they have no natural predators, their population grows year on year. I have shot hundreds of them over the years and don’t regret that. We’ve got bluetits nesting in our nest box at the moment and the local magpies are onto it. The chicks will be fledging in a week or so and I’m dreading the carnage that will ensue.
I sold up my guns four years ago but I might buy one just for the black and whites.Posted 3 years ago
They’re a 50% cross between a crow and a killer whale, that was never going to end well.
As they have no natural predators
Google Sparrowhawk Vs Magpie. You’ll find one where the former drowns the latter. A little disturbing but totally natural. If you hate them you’ll probably enjoy it…Posted 3 years agoredstripeMember
Been banned from shooting him (not that I know he is a he). He’s just struts about the garden eating stuff on the ground. It might be upsetting that his fellow magpies kill other things, rob nests etc but then so do cats and grey squirrels. We recently had a stoat take out a grey squirrel which was quite a sightPosted 3 years ago
Don’t know who you’re referring to in particular but surely enjoying killing anything is a bit…well…old skool, innit – thought we’d moved on. I doubt it’s considered liberal not to enjoy slaughter. It’s a need thing as opposed to a pleasure thing, surely.
Most things could be considered vermin/bastards when viewed from a prey viewpoint. Take birds in general, from an insect perspective this bloody great creature swoops down and swallows half of your mates* – gruesome predator! That post on the other page that was accused of being a troll was closest – red in tooth and claw.
* I don’t actually anthropomorphise the animal kingdom, I was adding a sprinkle of humourPosted 3 years ago
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