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Sometimes we get it right! In the spring of last year we had a blackbird in our garden with a damaged wing, he could just hedge hop. We made sure he could feed, leaving fat pellets under an azalea and he was soon running across the lawn and through the shrubs when he saw me. If I was not outside he would 'chuck' (the usual blackbird call) until I went out. If there were magpies, jackdaws and rooks around he soon learned that I would shoo them away from him and if I heard a loud 'chuck' I knew it was a warning that cats were around so out I went on patrol!

We got him through the winter and by early this spring he was flying properly and zooming in over our heads. He brought a lady friend along to feed, although she kept a little further back, but he showed her where his little stash of pellets were provided. Spring progressed, one day he was on the lawn pulling worms whilst I was putting washing on the line. He disappeared for a while then ran to within a few inches of my feet to show me beautifully chopped up worms then flew off. That was his first brood and he soon brought them in to feed. He disappeared for a few weeks and we thought we had seen the last of him but no he turns up again from a different direction (he is very noticeable as his once injured wing droops slightly). During the heat wave a few weeks back Nick and I were having coffee and 'Chucky' bird turns up to have a rest in the sun with us. This time I fetched my camera and took some shots. He was so relaxed a sparrow joined him. Bathtime followed and he took great delight in getting Nick wet.

He disappeared again for several days but appeared again for feed to take away, yes he had another brood in the front garden. The female and the youngsters have been to visit and have a bath. Chucky bird is now back to just dropping in now and then as there is obviously a bounty of food around at present.

We intentionally did not try to tame him, we just helped him survive and he trusted us and the reward is probably a garden with a host of blackbirdsSmile Yes sometimes we get it right!

NB - Sorry I did intend to disable voting and shots are really only for reportage and not of good quality

Camera:Olympus PEN Mini E-PM2
Lens:OLYMPUS M.40-150mm F4.0-5.6 R
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:26 Jul 2014 - 8:13 AM
Title:Our success story
Username:CaroleS CaroleS
Uploaded:16 Aug 2014 - 11:18 AM
Tags:Blackbird, General, Wildlife / nature
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Badgerfred
Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
16 Aug 2014 - 11:58 AM

Well done you, fine shots,
Fred.

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M_squared
M_squared Plus Member 4M_squared vcard United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 - 12:11 PM

Commendable. Well done.

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Chinga
Chinga Plus Member 4Chinga vcard United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 - 12:13 PM

Love the shadow in V1 and the wet look in V2! Grin
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ddolfelin
ddolfelin Plus Member 372 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 12:14 PM

Great story and nice pictures to match.
Well done!

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TrevBatWCC
TrevBatWCC Plus Member 7TrevBatWCC vcard England8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 12:20 PM

Aw, the poor thing Sad But an interesting story Carole, and nice it had a happy ending Smile
Trev Smile

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG Plus Member 5152 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland116 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 12:30 PM

Good on you ! All that care has paid off nicely.
And two fine captures with him now needing a blow dry in V 2........hope you had that organised too.....WinkWinkWink.
R.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 12:40 PM

A lovely Story to these pictures Carole, hope you have many more Black Birds to Photograph next Spring.

JohnSmile

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LynneJoyce
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16 Aug 2014 - 1:30 PM

What a delightful story and two lovely shots too.

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Mollycat
Mollycat Plus Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 4:05 PM

Think you've made one blackbird very happy. Well done you.
Peter.

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Lillian
Lillian Plus Member 6Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 8:15 PM

Carole what a lovely story, and you have captured your
new friend so well

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 9903 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1720 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 8:52 PM

I love a story like that which has a happy ending, well done Carole.

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SlowSong
SlowSong Plus Member 65132 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 10:36 PM

Well done you. Lovely story. SmileSmileSmile

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jasonrwl Plus Member 5699 forum postsjasonrwl vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
16 Aug 2014 - 11:43 PM

Great story Carole - well done indeed
Jason

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nonur
nonur Plus Member 6nonur vcard Turkey9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2014 - 7:24 AM


Quote: What a delightful story and two lovely shots too.

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Maiwand
Maiwand Plus Member 8Maiwand vcard England71 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2014 - 8:50 AM

Excellent narrative Carole and I think you deserve a medal for your efforts.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye Plus Member 6Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2014 - 1:44 PM

Loved your story and the pictures.

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ade123
ade123 Plus Member 2231 forum postsade123 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2014 - 7:46 PM

Great images and well done Carole

Ade

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bricurtis
bricurtis Plus Member 101977 forum postsbricurtis vcard England49 Constructive Critique Points
17 Aug 2014 - 11:02 PM

Well done Carole. Love Blackbirds in the garden - we had a male with a white patch on its wing who with its mate raised 3 broods this year.
Brian.

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