They are becoming a nightmare, there was magpies making a racket, a jackdoor had got a nest, a young magpie fell to the floor, and jackdoor was still attacking it, the parents were defending the young bird, I ran to stop it, but thought I was to late as the young magpie looked like it was dieing, so I left the bird there, as the parents were by the young bird and attacking me being with it. went back from the field to the house and there in front of me was a tiny baby sparrow, fallen from our roof, unable to fly but trying,I didn't touch the bird, but then the cats arrived,I was grabbing and holding 4 cats,which aren't mine, they are neighbours, I ran and put them in my house. and the young sparrow hopped in cover.
that was that I thought, let cats out.
but later found same tiny sparrow inches away from cats claws, so grabbed sparrow, and ended up giving the bird to my neighbour to look after, went to my house and can you belive it, the magpie I thought was dieing wasn't, and the parents were trying t oget it to go up a tree, but it kept falling down,so there was me holding all the cats away again
these birds are doing my head in
Last Edit: May 19, 2014 22:21:37 GMT 1 by VeronicaF
Oh dear Veronica - downside to having cats!! I wonder what they get up to when you're not there lol
I'm not a fan of interfering with wildlife though, as hard as it might be to watch if one animal is getting a hard time at the paws or beak of another, they have to be left to get on with it (talking about the birds rather than holding back kitty's)
I can hear the calls of a cuckoo close by and actually saw one on Sunday when out for a walk, they are beautiful but also could be seen as nasty as they steal other birds nests to raise their own young. That's nature, can be cruel yet it is the cuckoo that is on the red list!!
Like Antares I try and let nature take its course tbh. Not easy to do sometimes, but I have rescued birds before for them to die, so just leave well alone now hopefully believing that they will have a quicker death by me not interfering.
I don't like to interfare but I couldn't watch a bird being killed in front of me, there are loads of cats here, we are only 4 houses where I live , and there are about 15 cats, the balance is a bit tipped into the cats favour, the baby birds don't stand a chance if they can't get back up.
Don't worry about handling baby birds if you want to put them back in a nest or up a tree or wherever, birds have very little sense of smell and it doesn't put them off returning to their offspring. We've picked up baby swallows and put them back in their broken nest, in full view of their parents who patiently watched us from a few feet away. All those we rescued fledged successfully. Much better than leaving them to the (well fed) cat when all they needed was a couple of extra days.