Friday, 1 July 2011

new arrivals !

I'm afraid I've been rather lax of late at keeping up this oracle ! Many reasons...getting on with lots of work but also some new arrivals that have become  a great distraction !
So please welcome to the world not four and twenty  but definitely four new blackbirds that have been raised just outside our kitchen window.
A real honour !
I like to think these are a second brood of a pair who nested unsuccessfully in the arms of a mannequin lady nestled in the bushes at the bottom of our garden (Sounds weird I know ! It was given to me one day by a friend who had bought it on a whim at a local auction and I was the only person he could think of who might like it !!! Probably because it was decked out as a mermaid !)
This brood reached a good size until the nest started collapsing .The adults watched as I kept putting the young back into the nest and worse to come a sparrowhawk polished off each one !



So I like to think this pair trusted me enough to raise their next brood close where I could keep an eye on them !
Pure fancy I know ! 

5 comments:

  1. An honour indeed, it's not often that nature gives us this opportunity, so make the most of every moment.

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  2. such lovely photos Mandy, fingers crossed for the brood.

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  3. Stunning photos Mandy, it will be great to see how they get on !

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  4. Oh wow, your photos are a treat to behold. I too am keeping my fingers crossed for them and hope you keep us updated of their progress :-)

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  5. Oh wow, Mandy, these photos are amazing. So wonderful to be able to watch nature so close up. I'm looking forward to hearing of their progress too :)

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