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    Default Cracking Open Snail Shells

    We have a concrete patio just outside the lounge door. Every so often, with the door open, we can hear a tap! tap! tap! We wondered what it was until one day we spotted a blackbird with a snail in his beak bashing it on the concrete then eating the snail. It's not just now and then but we hear them cracking open snail shells at least a couple of times a day. The patio is litered with empty snail shells. We haven't spotted a thrush doing that but we suppose they do as well. Does anyone else see or hear birds cracking open snail shells?
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    At the beach I see the Black-backed gulls flying up with shells and dropping and then eating the contents. All very entertaining when I'm trying to get good Natural History pics.
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    Default Re: Cracking Open Snail Shells

    Generally Thrushes are more prolific snail bashers than Blackbirds, but as there seem to be more Blackbirds than Thrushes it may not appear so.

    This is the reason why snail bait, those little green pellets, is such a bad idea in the garden.
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    Yep, get a lot around here in Napier. The thrushes go for the snails and the magpies go for us!

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    Yeah, the thrushes love snails, I find it quite cool seeing them having a meal.
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    Default Re: Cracking Open Snail Shells

    The Thrushes love smashing snails over my concrete pavers and retainer wall top. I recently removed a flax bush full of snails and the birds had a wonderful time.

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    Hedgehogs will do it as well!

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    Anything that gets rid of snails is good

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