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Anyone have a garden blackbird?



  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,158

    We have 12 blackbirds regularly waiting for the breakfast feed. They stamp about in the garden when I draw the bedroom curtains. While the kettle is boiling, I put feed out and they sit in the magnolia. As soon as my back is turned, they are down on the lawn feeding.

     We had a bumper crop of apples this year, and I have only just got through them all, the blackbirds were getting through 3 or 4 apples a day.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,174

    Gmaiden - I now have a picture in my head of a massive pigeon with a soggy bottom...image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • SFordSFord Posts: 224

    I too have a male and two female blackbirds who often sit on the fence and 'shout' at me if I am late putting their food out.

    Had a juvinile male around for a couple of year who had a white patch on his chest and a very short tail - we called him 'Dot'.

    After 'trimming' a very overgrown dog last weekend I will be putting the hair clippings in one of my trees, near the feeders so the birds have lovely soft linings for their nests!

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 36,174

    And isn't their glorious song worth every penny we spend feeding them image

    SFord -  my youngest daughter was very embarrassed when I said I was going to take all the hair from her hairbrush to put out for the birds!

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Poor picture but one of my visitors today.



  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I love the songs 'my' blackbird sings, summer would not be the same without him.

  • As a child, we had a lovely pair of golden retrievers... I remember finding an empty fallen nest once which was made so beautifully from the dogs hair! We now have a boxer... No more dog hair nests image
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 69,111

    Next door have a fluffy tortoiseshell cat - the bluetit nest we removed from our nest box last autumn was made almost totally of the cat's hair and little bits of moss. 

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh

  • lisa masseylisa massey Posts: 252

    I have a male living in the orchard, he looks like somethings had a go at him, only one tail feather left. He's gorging himself on the rotting apples which may be a little fermented, he has a real attitude when he's been at the apples.

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