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?