Blackbirds

Blackbird sings all day

This blackbird is singing all day and every day. For about the last 2 weeks.
A nonstop blackbirdy burble of flutey notes.
Right outside my bedroom window.

I presume he’s telling rival males to keep out.
But he could also be calling (desperately) for a female to come in.

He’s a raggedy looking chap. Looks a bit worn out to me. A bit stressed. But sounds like he intends to carry on singing till his day is done (or his wings drop off)

A singing blackbird, it seems, knows no rest.

Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet

PS: Zoomed into this blackbird with new Lumix FZ72 camera; for the last 2 weeks I’d only been able to hear him.

Bless You Blackbird

There’s been no blackbird in the back garden since August.

Had they abandoned, forsaken, us?
No. This fit young chap suddenly appeared at dawn yesterday.

Haze was overjoyed.
Never has a blackbird been more wanted, more welcome.

A portent perhaps of hopeful things, and happier times, to come.

‘Bless you blackbird’ indeed.

Filming (& crying): Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Young Blacky Got Lots to Learn

Blackbird dad has been bringing his kids in to the garden in the last few days.
Teaching them the proper ways to behave in the Hazey Daze cafe.

How to peck up the blobs of white bread (that the kind lady mam leaves scatttered around)
How to sip in little beakfuls from the big bowl of water (the kind lady mam leaves on the chair)
How to jump onto the willow and tuck into tasty fatballs (that kind lady mam has lugged all the way down from the shops)
How to dig up a slimey brown slug or 2 (that kind lady mam would quite like rid of)

Most important of all: How to stop livin in a fuzzy wuzzy dream world
– and WAKE UP!

One kid in particular seems slow on the uptake. Gazing about like he ain’t got a care, or a worry, in the world. He’d better get wiv his blackbird programme fast. Otherwise he’s gonna be made dinner of. By next doors cat.

Filming: Haze Brown & Ian Nisbet; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Mr & Mrs Blackbird chillin out wiv worms and stuff

Mr & Mrs Blackbird visit the back garden several times a day.

Mr Blackbird is always digging up a fat tasty worm.

Mrs Blackbird appears to be visiting not just to eat, but to take time out, as if in need of a welcome rest. Maybe she’s got a full nest of chicks on the go now, so requires a little breather.

The back garden has become her perfect place to come and relax, unruffle (her feathers) chill out.

Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid: Ian Nisbet

Mrs Blackbird is making a nest

This time last year, almost to the day, Mrs Blackbird was making a nest. The video ‘Mrs Blackbird gets her beak dirty’ confirms it.

The difference between last year and this year is that the nest being made now appears to be actually in the garden. Nestled somewhere deep within the winter jasmine bush behind the new apple tree.

Mrs Blackbird was rushing around in a frenzy. As if carrying eggs that were in urgent need of being laid.

Mr Blackbird mostly sat watching, on lookout, letting her get on with it. He’ll be required to be diligent supplier of worms and caterpillars in a couple of weeks time.

Exciting, and slightly nerve-wracking, times ahead!

Filming: Hazel Brown; Vid & Words: Ian Nisbet