I was at work turning over a large compost heap
with a frontend loader
and as usual a family of Magpies came down and was
feeding on the insects
that were disturbed,when i noticed one Magpie
frantically chasing something
around the edge of the heap.It finally caught what
it was chasing and i saw
that it was a mouse.The bird shook and pecked
the mouse till it was dead
then held it down with one foot while it ripped it
apart and ate it.
I was telling a work mate about it and he said he
had seen the same thing
on another occassion.Is it common for Magpies to
feed on small prey?