it's been the same here in Devon ,but my MR & Mrs Blackbird are just coming back in the garden.
We find that chopped up apples keep Blackbirds from straying too far.
yesterday evening I was walking the dog across our cricket and football fields and there were blackbirds everywhere. I don't think I've ever seen as many together. The foraging must be better out there than in the garden!
I love to see birds, bees and butterflies in the garden, but I don't like the damage done by foxes, squirrels, and badgers. Unfortunately they can be so destructive!
Patrevlil, I sympathise totally but am old enough to remember myxomatosis. I think Nature knows best. Short-term netting works and there are plants that they don't like to eat, foxgloves look good in any garden. Good luck.
dozens of blackbirds in my garden but I have only seen one goldfinch so far but the weather here is still very mild. They will (probably) be back when it gets really cold. I grow teasels and evening primrose for the birds, they really like the seeds. What other seeds attract them? I should say that the fields here have been growing sunflowers, maize and wheat so there is still loads of stuff out there for them.