Posted: 26/04/2017 at 19:36
I have had cats for many years. Their eyes may light up at the sight of a feathered friend (or a mouse) but their ability to catch the wild birds is not as great as some would have you believe!
They (the cats) are unable to leap across a wide expanse of open ground/grass without the birds flying off in alarm. Far more difficult for the birds is where there are shrubs/trees etc that give the cats cover as they stalk their prey.
I find it distressing when a beautiful bird is caught and killed; I take solace from the fact that it is the weakest who fall prey to predation, and that the strongest are the survivors. The numbers of birds in my garden and at my feeders seem to confirm that.
Mind you, I am less tolerant of magpies than you are! Or rooks/crows, for that matter. Just a personal thing, I guess!