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T says he now has 5 more mouths to feed. Since the Blackbirds started nesting in the Clematis under the kitchen window he has been feeding them with tit bits of fruit, crumbs and bird food. The female has become so used to him putting food down for her she has started coming to him when he whistles. She also sits on the fence looking through the kitchen door waiting for him to see her. Yesterday as he was making a cupppa in the kitchen, he turned to see her standing behind him. She hopped back into the porch when I came through with the camera.


After she’d had her snack of raisins and sultanas she hopped out and flew round to the nest to feed the babies. T followed her and she didn’t mind him taking this photo of her and one of the brood.

T took these last 2 photos yesterday when she brought them down near the patio to feed on the fruit he had put out for them. They all ventured onto the patio table this morning to eat the fruit T puts out there but as soon as they saw me they all flew behind the various pots.

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Wonderful photo's. The Blackbirds seem very tame this year, perhaps because they have worked out which of us is no threat to them and who is a soft touch for tidbits! We used to have a Blackbird which was raised from a fledgling and would come when you called 'Chup-chup', sadly fell foul of the Sparrow-hawk. Our peacocks have been taught to come to a whistle - useful when retrieving them from a saunter down the road!

30 Jun, 2014

 

How lovely - you must feel very privileged!

30 Jun, 2014

 

That's lovely, Hb! We always have blackbirds nesting in the garden, but we've never got this friendly! It was robins this year - they've fledged now, and visit the plum tree each day. I am always staggered at the speed of maturity. One day they're in the nest, totally dependent, and the next, they're flying round the garden and boldly coming up when I'm weeding!

30 Jun, 2014

 

You lucky thing,H.bird,you must be so chuffed to be able to see them at such close quarters..They do seem to be quite trusting,don't they? Lovely photo's .:o)

1 Jul, 2014

 

How lovely.... :)))))

1 Jul, 2014

 

Wonderful, 'Bird Man' lovely to see them so trusting :O)

1 Jul, 2014

 

Just wonderful Hb ... :o)

1 Jul, 2014

 

Oh thats wonderful, I love the blackbirds they know who it is who cares for them, yours are very tame, quite cheeky as well, I have to be careful here as ours like to come onto the patio for anything that falls from the feeders, its a case of making sure the cats are not lying in wait for them.....

1 Jul, 2014

 

You are very priveleged indeed, although I did have one come and watch me weeding the other day, asked him if he'd like to help.... just flew off! wish I could have flown with him lol! Will try putting some raisins and sultanas downfor him/her!

2 Jul, 2014

 

We are very lucky to have a wild bird that trusts us enough to come so close. She prefers T to feed her, it's funny to hear him chatting to her, it sounds like he is with one of the grandchildren! I've just come back from my grandchild minding at my daughters and t showed me a photo and told me what happened yesterday. I've just put it on. :o) She followed him into the kitchen and while he prepared some grapes for her she hopped up onto the work surface and waited until he had cut them up. She ate some then took the rest round to her brood...

2 Jul, 2014

 

How amazing HB, bless em they work so hard don't they? Glad you are feeding them.

3 Jul, 2014

 

lovely! to have them nesting so close, so trusting ...

4 Jul, 2014

 

We are waiting for the young to leave the nest now. I hope they are as friendly as Mum but I bet she will be very cautious with the young at large.

5 Jul, 2014

 

how close were you for the second pic, of the nest? they must be very used to you ...

6 Jul, 2014

 

About 4 ft away Fran. Can you believe it the youngsters left the nest early this morning and we didn't catch them leaving. T has seen them in and out of the hedge going up the garden with her but I haven't seen them yet.

6 Jul, 2014

 

Lovely photos Hb, my favourite birds :o)

10 Jul, 2014

 

The young ones are coming down to the patio now waiting for grapes and suet balls. T was tidying the patio this morning when one flew down onto the table, followed by a second one. They were a little nervous at first and sat on the wall while he put the food out but flew down and emptied the dish while he sat on the step and watched.

11 Jul, 2014

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