Over the past two years I've added more to my garden to encourage birds. Slowly they have been coming and now I have a lovely blackbird that often comes as soon as I go out in the garden. He is becoming quite friendly and stops to look at me and then hops up close to jump into the bird bath or peck at the food I put down near me. I've decided to call him Billy!! I see him everyday. And now I see goldfinches everyday and sparrows and a robin but they're not quite as confident as my friendly blackbird. Do blackbirds stay in the same garden for years? How long do they typically live? I'm not sure if it's the same one ive seen last year or if it's the next generation. I know they nest in the neighbours big hedges.