Rat vs Magpie

 

 I can’t believe this happened right in front of me today. I was walking into town when a rat climbed out of a drain by the kerb a few metres away from me. It jumped up the kerb and ran across my path to a grassy patch and the safety of nestling up close to a brick wall. I stopped to take a photo and then started taking a video as the rat ran and jumped forwards over the grass that was about the same height as her.
As I was taking a video, a magpie jumped down and tried to attack the rat – right in front of me – and the rat screeched. The magpie jumped up and landed on a street name sign. I didn’t know what to do but instinctively wanted to protect the rat so I scared the magpie away. The rat ran back to the grassy area by the brick wall and started walking next to the wall. There was another magpie sitting on the roof of the house behind the wall, and the attacker-magpie was in a tree just below it. I stood there, knowing my presence would deter the birds from attacking. The rat probably didn’t even know I was protecting it, but I stayed until the birds flew away. I considered guiding the rat towards safety, but I wasn’t sure the best place for it as it was a residential area. I left the rat where it was, hoping that the magpies wouldn’t return. 

Here is the video I took:

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Local Nature Reserves

In the last week I have visited two local wild places. The first one being Priest Hill, which is managed by Surrey Wildlife Trust. The land used to be abandoned playing fields, but has been turned into a nature reserve with the grass and plant-life left to grow naturally. 
I didn’t realise how big it was, but you can walk around the outside of it. There are fences protecting the middle of the reserve and there are signs up indicating there may be ground nesting birds in there. I didn’t see a lot of wildlife, but there were a few birds that flew overhead – one of which was a kestrel. I always get excited when I see a kestrel, partly because I can now identify them, whereas this time last year I couldn’t. And also because they look pretty cute.

    

Reigate Hill

This was the second place I visited and is owned by the National Trust. I hadn’t been there in ages, so it was nice to revisit. The views from the top are stunning – these photos don’t quite  do it justice.
   

  

  

Cow enjoying the view
We weren’t the only ones enjoying the view