I wanted a special bird to start off our "Bird of the Day" thread, and when the blackbird came for her breakfast while I happened to be sitting at the table with the camera, I knew she was perfect.
She's been an inhabitant of the garden for three summers now, and is so spoiled that she sits outside the window and clucks whenever she wants feeding... prefers red grapes to just about anything else, if given a choice.
I presume she has become so tame because she was not much more than a fledgling when she first arrived, (she was so speckled I mistakenly thought she was a young thrush- her mate still remains much more skittish.) I've never seen anything work as hard as she does at nest building, and she will fly into a fury when Mr. B. stops working for a bite of apple, (she'll chase him about the garden, tailfeathers spread out like a stroppy little turkey.)
Her first year the poor dab lost every nest to the magpies, the next year their one fledgling disappeared the first day he left the nest, but she finally reared one last year, (well, he was around for several days, so hoping for the best.) She might be a plain little brown bird, but she's certainly a character.
I had a nice surprise tonight at 8.15pm. I was looking out of my bedroom window when a Wren landed about a foot away on an unused hanging basket I had left there over the winter. It suddenly disappeared into one of the holes then flew out. It returned a few minutes later with a beak full of insects so it became obvious that it had set up a nest in there only a foot from my bedroom window.
I managed to catch one photo of it through the window. Hopefully they will be succesful in raising a few chicks from it.