Last week it was cool and lawns needed a trim so before firing up the 'yellow peril' I snatched a jacket in 'my shed' only to have a large rat run down my arm. So traps set and success next day with a similar size rat, very dead.
Later that next day SWMBO glimpsed a Magpie eating another bird on the driveway. My observation indicated the takeaway was possibly a Tui, so unlock gun safe, put magizine into .22 slowly open front door and one dead Magpie.
Further investigation revealed a young very dead Tui sans it's head.
Tui were extinguished in this Harbour area in the big snows of 1992 and were re-established by some enthusiasts this century and I was saddened that one had died at the hand or was that beak of the Australian overstayer. Good news it was not one of the banded birds
So were the interred remains of the rodent, one victim and the killer a "magpie rattatui".