London (change)
Today 13°C / 9°C
Tomorrow 11°C / 5°C
1 to 20 of 65 messages
28/02/2014 at 10:13

We recently moved in to this house, and quickly realised we have a blackbird family living at the bottom of the garden! (although there seems to be 2 males and 1 female? - is that usual?) 

I have started to feed them, and they have so quickly become tame! came downstairs this morning to find the 2 boys stood on the window ledge waiting for their breakfast! Does anyone else have a tame blackbird family?

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38508.jpg?width=255&height=350&mode=max

 

Lyn
28/02/2014 at 10:17

For years we had a blackbird with white feathers on one wing, sadly he's gone now, but still left his offspring.

When they come to mate, they will probably fight for Mrs and one boy will get chased off.

28/02/2014 at 10:19

yes! one of my boys also has a white stripe on one wing! 

28/02/2014 at 10:39

One of the boys may well be a male from last year's brood - his dad will chase him off eventually - we have a pair of blackbirds regularly visiting the garden - I think they nest in the hedge in the garden behind us.  

When I was at work I fed the birds outside our office window, and we had a regular pair of blackbirds who nested every year in the climbing hydrangea growing up my office wall (as did a pair of robins).  I kept a birdbath filled with clean water, and when the blackbirds were nesting they would use the birdbath frequently during the day to 'freshen up' after a long stint on the  nest brooding the eggs.  It was wonderful to watch. 

28/02/2014 at 10:41

yes, I did wonder if one of the boys was from last years brood, he does look younger! 

When do they mate/ brood?

28/02/2014 at 10:55

Pretty soon I would think - they'll have been looking for nest sites for the past couple of weeks - blackbirds are mainly ground feeders and particular favourite foods are rolled oats and sultanas/raisins.  

28/02/2014 at 10:58

yes.. they love the raisins, and also grapes. gave them strawberries yesterday but they weren't too impressed with those! they live in the hedge at the back of my garden, so presuming they will nest there?

28/02/2014 at 11:00

We used to have one with a deformed beak in a previous garden. He was a juvenile and we watched his beak gradually change colour to it's grown up orange. We called him 'squinty' and my eldest daughter (who was quite small at the time) loved him and always asked where he was if she didn't see him. Happy days.

What a lovely pic LH 

28/02/2014 at 11:56

The blackbirds in our back garden are more rural I guess and rush off whenever we move, let alone get close.  They are lovely to watch though - providing we keep still.  The squirrels, however, never stop eating everything in sight and are a different breed altogether!!

28/02/2014 at 11:58

Isn't it amazing how the blackbirds will raid our strawberry beds, but will turn up their beaks at strawberries put out for them 

28/02/2014 at 12:33

It's obviously not the same as sneaking them, Dove.

We have a pair that visit daily. They both make heavy use of the birdbath, when the obese woodpigeons are not sitting in it. About this time of year we do get 3-4 males in the garden, but its Mrs blackbird who chases off the ones she doesn't like. She looks like she get stressed out when nesting as in summer she always appears with a huge bald patch on top of her head.

28/02/2014 at 13:44

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.

28/02/2014 at 14:52

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

28/02/2014 at 15:29

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!

28/02/2014 at 15:32

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

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!

KEF
28/02/2014 at 15:48

Poor picture but one of my visitors today.

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/38532.jpg?width=201&height=350&mode=max

 

28/02/2014 at 21:52

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

28/02/2014 at 23:43

Lots of blackbirds here.  Love their song.  They sIng for me and take my fruit.  

01/03/2014 at 07:34
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
01/03/2014 at 07:37

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. 

1 to 20 of 65 messages