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I heard it through the Grapevine.

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For a couple of weeks now, through our lounge patio doors, we have seen a female Blackbird flying in and out of the vine.

At first I thought she was picking off bugs, unusual for the Vine to have any though.

Whilst looking out of the kitchen window one day last week, I saw a female Blackbird with her beak stuffed full of nesting material, a great photo opportunity which I sadly missed!

We have had some guttering added, along with a downpipe feeding in to a slim line water butt to catch the rain water running off the polycarbonate roof above the vine and the builder said he could hear a bird close by.

This shows the structure back in 2011 …

and how it looks today with the Blackbird’s nest she has so carefully built.

Here she is having a drink in the garden earlier.

It’s very pleasing to think she has made her nest there, knowing we sit beneath the structure when the days are too hot to be in the sun.

photo of a very busy Mrs. B. with a beak full of grubs for one, possibly two, baby birds.

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Very rewarding 🙂.

9 Jul, 2020

 

that is so lovely. lets hope she gets to raise a brood this summer. I wonder what happened to an earlier nests she built. Its getting late in the season for a first brood.

it will be wonderful to watch and she what happens.

9 Jul, 2020

 

Great to see wild birds in our gardens & more so when they take up residence & build nests & rear their young! :)

9 Jul, 2020

 

Seems nesting places for Blackbirds are in short supply. We've 3 blackbird nests in our small garden, they are always squabbling.

9 Jul, 2020

 

I had robins and wrens nesting in the same shrub this year, but didn't hear any arguments

9 Jul, 2020

 

The blackbirds in our garden this year were exhausting as they were constantly on the defensive when I was pottering out & about and my cats joined me. I was genuinely worried they’d would succumb to exhaustion during their loud & energetic displays in the heat we had and would promptly usher the cats indoors to their disapproval.....

9 Jul, 2020

 

Loved reading all of the comments ... I do think I have taken more notice of the garden wildlife since Lockdown came into force.

10 Jul, 2020

 

How lovely, my blackbirds are tame like that Shirley, they come and let me know when they want a treat, had problems with the magpies again this year but I did see some babes so my efforts managed to save two for definite ....

10 Jul, 2020

 

Now that's topical Sue, there are 3 Magpies coming in daily, parents and a youngster I think. As soon as they land, a pair of Seagulls fly in and harass them until they all leave! It's quite comical at times ... :o)

10 Jul, 2020

 

That's lovely , especially that she trusts you too. You should have a good view when the nestlings start peering over the edge of the nest!
(I like that Sedum by the way!)

10 Jul, 2020

 

Stera, I'm looking forward to seeing some young ones. That's 'Autumn Charm', originally gifted by GoY member Scottish some years ago. Strikes easily from cuttings - interested? :o)

11 Jul, 2020

 

Yes please! Will PM you.

11 Jul, 2020

 

Read your PM and replied ...

11 Jul, 2020

 

How wonderful that she has chosen to build her nest so close to you. I'm sure it will be an exciting time when the young ones fledged

We planted a vine in autumn last year and it is coming on quite well (nothing like as good as yours) I'd be thrilled if in later years we had a bird nest in ours..

12 Jul, 2020

 

Lovely blog to read and lovely pics too, Shirley. The garden can be so rewarding when it comes to wildlife, especially the birds. I’m pleased you've had the chance to see a bit more in lockdown. Looks like a perfect spot for Mrs Blackbird and family.

13 Jul, 2020

 

Julia, we sat beneath the vine yesterday with a cuppa, Mrs. Blackbird carried on sitting in the nest, oblivious to us!

Thanks Kate, what with all the birds going in and out of neighbour's huge Bay tree, plus Mrs. B.'s nest we are surrounded by birds now ... :o)

13 Jul, 2020

 

I do love the Blackies Shirley and which ever garden we have , there are always the blackbirds. We have also had the babies in the garden too. I bet you were really pleased to see the nest.

15 Jul, 2020

 

Rose, I think they are such hard working birds, on the go from dawn 'til dusk.

15 Jul, 2020

 

Shirley, How wonderful! That would make my day. When she begins feeding the chicks it will be amazing.

15 Jul, 2020

 

Julia, I take a peek each day, and most times I see her tail feathers sticking up so she's definitely incubating an egg or two!

15 Jul, 2020

 

Oh isn't it exciting? Keep us posted especially when the new arrivals make an appearance!

16 Jul, 2020

 

Will do ... :o)

16 Jul, 2020

 

Waddy, OH and I sat with a cuppa mid morning and watched Mrs. Blackbird bringing food for one, if not two, babies! I had been digging out an old Ceanothus shrub and she stayed within a foot of the spade to catch any insects. She is such a busy Mum!

21 Jul, 2020

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