Now as it happens, whilst not some RSPB bird ogler, I am particularly delighted by small birds of the garden/hedgerow variety. Finches, tits and above them all the mighty (well you understand my drift) robin redbreast - all are welcome chez Cuddles. not only do I enjoy their antics, make nesting facilities available to them and feed them if the conditions become inclement. The RSPB book of British Birds sits in the kitchen by the picture window in case something uncommon appears...all good. Yesterday however things took an unpleasant turn. TFB and I had just been admiring a lovely buzzard sat on the dry-stone wall. He was stoically waiting for some deep frozen roadkill to thaw and fluffing his feathers appropriately. We moved into the kitchen and aas I gazed out of the window I saw my favourite robin being beasted away from the bacon rinds and seeds i had put out for him by two magpies. I immediately reached me down my trusty BSA - breaking the gun slip zip in the process ****-****-**** - and loaded up a pellet. The top of the stable door at the back of the house was cracked already for TFB's smoke-break. Stealthily i popped the BSa round and saw magpie 1 chowing down on the feed. "BLUMPH!" Scratch one magpie. I looked for number two, expecting of course she would have scarpered. However she was still there batting her wings at some small birds. The kids in the house over the way had been revving their Moto-X bikes and I think that had disoriented or distracted her. Reloading, i watched her alight on the apex of next door's house. Thankfully they are away and so I exercised my right to get away with something if unobserved and dropped her too. The dog was off, over the end-wall and back with the corpse in seconds. He may not have been out yet all season but he is a pro! Well I say a pro - gifted amateur...he sat forlornly by the bins all night wandering why I hadn't shared the excitement of the dead 'uns with him for longer... I ******* hate magpies, the thieving pikey bastards of the avian world. As I type the blue-tits are having a belated second breakfast. BSA Lightning and Cuddles - making the world safe for little birds.