ON July 19th, 1947, whilst cycling near Heytesbury, Wiltshire, I heard some Magpies (P. p. pica) chattering, as though alarmed, in a hawthorn not far from the road. I turned and was just in time to see a Carrion Crow (Corvus c. corone) strike a Magpie to the ground and follow it down. The Magpie was a bird of the year but was a substantial size. The crow seemed to land astride the Magpie and was ...

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