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Baby blackbirds - found dead (1 Viewer)


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We have been observing blackbirds nesting in one of the bushes in our garden, it has been lovely watching the parents go back and forth with food for their brood. We’d heard chirping coming from the bush so guessed they would be fledging soon. We were extremely sad to find three dead babies on the ground near the bush this morning. A cat was on our fence nearby, but we don’t know how it could have got to the nest to get them, as it’s dense and prickly. It looks like the babies have been attacked, would a squirrel have done this (the bush is near a large oak tree where they live)? We even wondered if another bird or even the parents could have done it?

delia todd

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Hi WendC and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

It would appear that the cat is the most likely suspect at the moment, and we have some information on how to protect your birds, in a sticky post which you might find helpful: https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=42039

Meanwhile, I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.


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It is unlikely that a cat would attack all three chicks and leave them on the ground. A cat might take one chick but would then probably take it back to its home.

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