Kef, oh that is so sad. i find this part of nature unbearable. if i see magpie's or jays hanging around the nests of the birds in our garden, i shoo them away, squirrals too.
Artjak, your conversation with mr blackbird is amusing. my husband tells me he answers me because he thinks i'm a threatening male. haha but i do think a blackbird has the most beautiful sound ever. enchanting.
we had a big archway over the back gate and whilst washing up at the sink i saw a pidgeon just about to land on top of the gate when this sparrow hawk flashed by the window, flew at the pidgeon as it took flight, caught it in flight and went through the gap between the top of the gate and the arch... it was amazing accuracy as the gap wasn't even that high.