I caught sight of a Magpie as I was working at the table in front of the patio doors. I thought a Magpie that close to the house being very brave. Then I heard a lot of noise from squawking birds.
The Magpie had gone for a juvenile blackbird and mother was having a fit.
I rushed out, followed, by the dog to rescue the unfortunate bird – the magpie flew off after giving it a hefty peck, the dog ran around barking and mother blackbird flew away alarm calling while one of our chickens determined to have a go too.
I picked up the young bird which was still but moving and placed it in a place of safety but it slowly expired.
So my actions still resulted in a dead blackbird but also deprived magpie nestlings of a meal.
In future, I will just let nature take its course