We’re on blackbird nesting watch here at Leavesnbloom! Once upon a time 2 blackbirds got all luvie dovie and decided to start a little family.
|Home Sweet Home – Squatters Rights – Blackbird Nesting Watch|
Squatters Rights! – Blackbird Nesting Watch
Mama Blackbird picked the piece of real estate – a very fancy and expensive bird table with a slate roof under one of the canopies in our very busy warehouse. She’s got good taste! and Blackbirds have Squatters Rights in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act until all fledglings have left the nest.
|Prime Piece of Real Estate – Squatters Rights – Blackbird Nesting Watch|
Mama Blackbird got to work and decided to help with some recyling and used quite a bit of plastic to make her nest nice and waterproof and well insulated along with many other bits and pieces. She even had a little seedling growing out of it amongst the mossy twigs.
Finally she was happy with the end result and laid a clutch of 4 little brownish speckled eggs. Then she sat and sat for days rarely moving off that nest. She watched us all pass her by each day – only she didn’t like my camera lens so rather than try to get a photo of her on the nest I decided to leave her well alone.
|Four little eggs in here! – Squatters Rights – Blackbird Nesting Watch|
Meet the Brood
Then the day came when the little ones finally hatched from their eggs.
(click on the photos to see the little babies in macro detail).
|The broody bunch|
They were so cute in their own particular little way with their mohican hairstyles and always looking to be fed.
Nap time again – you can see that the feathers on their wings were starting to show alittle here.
and my favourite photo of all – its like a mirror image.
|Lean on Me!|
By now the designer stubble look was starting to appear.
and there were lots of chirping sounds coming from the nest.
|Lets shout and sing!|
Papa Blackbird has been busy feeding too. I’ve still never managed to photograph Mama yet – she must be camera shy. Papa Blackbird has black feathers and a orange beak while Mama Blackbird is brown with lots of little speckled markings on her breast and with no distinct colouration to her beak.
|One at a Time!|
By the end of last week their feathers were really starting to fill out and there’s not much space to move in that nest.
|Space is getting a bit tight in here! Move over abit.|
I didn’t have the camera with me on Friday to capture the scene as all four of them slept in the nest huddled up together with one sleeping with his/her little beak wide open!
I’m not sure if I’ll be there to see them fledge as they normally fledge around day 14 but I’m sure I’ll see them practice their new flying skills around the warehouse in the next week or so as Papa Blackbird prepares them for life in the big wide world!
Maybe Mama Blackbird will produce another clutch from the same nest while Papa looks after the juveniles? Time will tell…………