Sunday, 3 May 2020

Sunday

I had a gentle walk with Percy today round the estate.   All the gardeners were out in force - many raking the moss out of their front lawns; yes the very wet winter has played havoc with our lawns here.   We had a short, sharp shower just after I got back home - only ten minutes or so - but added to a similar one we had in the night it is better than nothing and the plants are definitely looking pleased about it.

When I was getting Percy out of the garage but before I had raised the electric doors I heard the unmistakable sound of young birds just outside - loud cheeping, that 'I might have left the nest but I still want help to find stuff to eat' kind of cheeping.   I went back into the kitchen (the garage is attached to the kitchen) and through to the front of the bungalow and there on the fence sat three young blackbirds making such a racket - fully fledged and flying well (they flew off when they saw me) and it did make me wonder about the blackbird I thought had been killed a few weeks ago.   Every day now a blackbird is singing for most of the day and I would guess these three youngsters live close by my bungalow so I am hopeful their parents are the same pair.   What a joy to see young birds at close quarters -wish I could have photographed them for you.

Big black clouds overhead - another shower maybe?

 

18 comments:

JayCee said...

I love watching the young fledglings in our garden, but then so do the neighbours' cats!

thelma said...

My kitten is getting very interested in the state of the bird market, her pheasant feather chasing is being replaced by watching the birds now.

Bonnie said...

Isn't it wonderful to watch the birds in the Spring! We have a feeder on the back of our deck and I love to watch the variety of birds that come to it. We've had a light rain on and off last night and today and the birds are singing their love of it. Enjoy your Sunday!

Heather said...

Even on the edge of town I can here the birds sing. It's been quite chilly here today and I am glad to be wearing a cosy cardigan. I daresay the temperature will seesaw a bit longer.

Ellen D. said...

I discovered yesterday that I have a nest that I can see out of my kitchen window. I see robins guarding it all of the time now. And I saw the first hummingbird at my hummingbird feeder today and I just put it out yesterday so that made me smile for sure! Glad you share these happy moments with us, Pat!

angryparsnip said...

That is a lovely bird story.
parsnip

Sue said...

We have a robin's nest right across from my kitchen window - probably 4 feet away. So far I see two babies that are reaching their beaks up to mom and dad when they return to the nest with food. I think there might be one more that can't quite reach over the top rim yet! Our pet food store does curbside pick-up so you don't have to go in the store, so I think I'm going to go get some mealworms tomorrow to give mom and dad a little help.

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

My favorite sound in the whole wide world is birdsong. Especially springtime birdsong.

Joanne Noragon said...

I'm glad you have blackbirds!

Cro Magnon said...

And Blackbirds sing beautifully. Better than an alarm, they make me get-up with a smile.

Jennyff said...

A huge benefit of the lock down is actually being able to hear so many birds and in fact to see them as they seem to be getting bolder without so much traffic or people about.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

Always nice to see the fledglings out and about, though they are facing the most hazardous time of their lives. Lets hope they make it.

Librarian said...

Good that they can fly properly by now, hopefully they use their ability when cats etc. are near.
It was dry yesterday but looks like a mixed bag today, not sure yet whether we shall venture out for a longer walk/hike in a bit.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Love your idea of mealworms Sue.
It seems we are all enjoying time to hear the birdsong this year.
Thanks for calling by.

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