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Amazing blackbirds

Posted: Sat May 10, 2008 8:23 pm
by MKG
There's a reasonably-sized young blackbird - fully-fledged but obviously too lazy to try to fly - in our undergrowth. All day, its parents have chased (violently and very vociferously) a succession of starlings, thrushes, jackdaws and rooks away. They're still at it. It's almost dark, and we have one blackbird each side of the trees issuing shrill alarm calls - facing outwards. Aren't they amazing?

Just thought I'd tell you all that.

Posted: Sun May 11, 2008 5:47 am
by Millymollymandy
I love seeing baby blackbirds hopping about being fed by their dads. I don't know what the mum is up to by that time but I reckon she's right, she's spent weeks sitting on a nest, now it's his turn!

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:38 pm
by mybarnconversion
They are great birds - much under appreciated in my opinion ...

Their varied singing is eminently listen-able ... hope the young one is OK?

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 6:47 pm
by MKG
The young one is still fine - I found it this morning sitting calmly within reach of the neighbour's marmalade cat. Neither of them seemed over-perturbed.

Posted: Mon May 12, 2008 7:12 pm
by CaundleMama
I adore them,at the moment i can hear one trilling away.I think they are very clever animals,highly entertaining to watch & have around.

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 4:03 pm
by MKG
Ha ha .. young one can now fly a couple of yards when it's pushed. Tomorrow, the world. Strange image of me, the marmalade cat and the poodle all going "go on, you can do it". It's doing it ... so far.

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 9:21 pm
by Thomzo
Funny things cats. I bet as soon as it can fly, the cat'll be chasing it all over the garden.

grape eating bandits

Posted: Tue May 13, 2008 10:01 pm
by tiggy
i do love my blackbirds even when they eat all the best sweetest grapes.our neighbors marmalade cat is mighty hunter retired and pretends he hasnt seen them :cat:

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 11:52 am
by MKG
Hard work reaps dividends! Young one is now sitting on the fence with Mum, so it's discovered it has wings. Another result :cheers:

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 12:37 pm
by Millymollymandy
Silly question time - is a magpie born without a tail?

Cos I saw one yesterday hopping around, with its mouth open, looking all over the place, just like a youngster with open mouth waiting for mum or dad to feed it. Only it didn't have a tail! :shock:

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 12:52 pm
by MKG
It should have a tail - a bit shorter than the adult version, but a tail nonetheless. Oh dear - sounds like a cat almost caught its dinner. The tail feathers will grow out again, if the poor thing gets the chance.

Posted: Wed May 14, 2008 12:57 pm
by Millymollymandy
I did wonder, cos I thought a baby magpie would fit in a nest a lot easier if it didn't have a tail! :lol: