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 ! 


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

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

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

  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 :-)

  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 :)