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 blackbirds
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
Wildlife and nature