Spotted at the bottom of Cragg Vale on my way to work this morning: three blackbirds attacking a magpie. Not just feigned attacks; real pecking was involved. I'm guessing the blackbirds were protecting nests—but the fact that there were three of them seemed odd.

I actually felt quite sorry for the magpie: he definitely ended up the worse from the encounter.

A minute later, I spotted two jays, corvid cousins of the magpie, flitting through the trees. A relatively rare sighting in this part of the world.

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