We are pretty lucky to live in a relatively rural location, and throughout the spring my Son and I spent quite a bit of time searching the hedge rows looking for birds nests whilst out walking the dogs. . We enjoy watching the nests develop to the point where the fledglings leave the nest.
This year however I have been struck by the very high failure rate of the nests, in particular the blackbirds. Of the four blackbird nests which we have watched not one has successfully reared chicks.
I'm almost certain that the cause is a pair of magpies which I've seen doing the rounds.
Historically we have never had magpies here but recently they seem to have become more prevalent. .
Between cats, corvids, buzzards it's no wonder the song bird populations are suffering.
On a more positive note we have a gang of house sparrows which seem to have done well this year.