Our success story

By CaroleS
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

Tags: General Blackbird Wildlife and nature

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Comments


16 Aug 2014 11:58AM
Well done you, fine shots,
Fred.

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16 Aug 2014 12:11PM
Commendable. Well done.
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 12:13PM
Love the shadow in V1 and the wet look in V2! Grin
IB
16 Aug 2014 12:14PM
Great story and nice pictures to match.
Well done!
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
16 Aug 2014 12:20PM
Aw, the poor thing Sad But an interesting story Carole, and nice it had a happy ending Smile
Trev Smile
RonnieAG Plus
7 153 116 Scotland
16 Aug 2014 12:30PM
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.
16 Aug 2014 12:40PM
A lovely Story to these pictures Carole, hope you have many more Black Birds to Photograph next Spring.

JohnSmile
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 1:30PM
What a delightful story and two lovely shots too.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 4:05PM
Think you've made one blackbird very happy. Well done you.
Peter.
Lillian Plus
7 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 8:15PM
Carole what a lovely story, and you have captured your
new friend so well
pamelajean Plus
10 969 1847 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 8:52PM
I love a story like that which has a happy ending, well done Carole.
SlowSong Plus
8 6.6k 29 England
16 Aug 2014 10:36PM
Well done you. Lovely story. SmileSmileSmile
jasonrwl Plus
6 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
16 Aug 2014 11:43PM
Great story Carole - well done indeed
Jason
nonur Plus
8 17 11 Turkey
17 Aug 2014 7:24AM

Quote:What a delightful story and two lovely shots too.
X2.
Maiwand Plus
10 3 72 England
17 Aug 2014 8:50AM
Excellent narrative Carole and I think you deserve a medal for your efforts.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
Ron
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
17 Aug 2014 1:44PM
Loved your story and the pictures.
ade123 Plus
4 272 1 United Kingdom
17 Aug 2014 7:46PM
Great images and well done Carole

Ade
bricurtis Plus
11 2.1k 49 England
17 Aug 2014 11:02PM
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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