BLACKBIRD ‘Wanda’ THE female of the pair of WILD BLACKBIRDS TRYING TO ‘breed’ IN MY BACKYARD REBUILT their DESTROYED NEST (Destroyed) BY MAGPIES – In July spending many days fetching carrying all manner of twigs stems moss grasses bits and bobs with Wuffy THE MALE perched on high singing away until late.’ To listen to male blackbirds singing is the best distress medicine ever and to watch her working so hard to create a new home for their baby chicks is much nicer than watching TV – 23rd August 2010.
“Bewitching pink breast cheeks blue-grey crown, nape. Back chestnut brown white black. Summer bill is grey – blue turning to pale brown in winter.” – ‘A striking stunning visual feast.’
Likes hopping under hedges and bird tables.
Jocular, energetic, cheery, tinkling singing along with rich varied calls.
Nest knitted together with spiders webs inside dense bush or tree.
One brood; 1.
“Once caged and Britain’s pubs held Chaffinch song contests!”
Retain dense bramble patches bushes for resting and hiding – For ALL –
‘Of our Songbirds’ – From Predators!
Help Chaffinches: Invertebrates: Caterpillars tiny insects larvae spiders flies worms. Berries fruit elderberry. Your many twigs, leaves.
Britain? Chaffinch Numbers Are Cheerlessly ‘way down!’… Dead -
Just Why - IS IT ‘SO’ BAD FOR ALL OUR ‘GARDEN SONGBIRDS IN – ‘BRITAIN’ ?
Cont: ‘A great distraction lifting our spirits we are the better for sharing this world with them.’ They never seem to stop for food or a bath though Wuffy visits to check the new nest. It does not take any effort to let them become part of ones life. These are the only songbirds left in the whole area!
Then the following days – nothing? I sadly don’t know (yet ever again) what’s happened. A magpie, sparrowhawk crow something has been, scared them. For two weeks they both just sit under and in the same places in the ivy never seeming to move. I don’t know what to do.
BUT, NOT ONE - Blackbird chick will get born this year! As usual, all too damn sad and tragic!
Then the blackbird pair ‘that mate for life’ just disappear.
After many ‘weeks’ away they visit again with Wanda scratching her beak on the ground wanting food. I shovel the compost over with Wuffy the male for once scratching and digging away at the pile for any beetles bugs or worms. Wanda’s exploring the ivy where the old trellis came away from the wall getting covered in cobwebs she had a nest there two years ago. Songbirds are fascinating to know and watch as to what’s happening, going on.
At Berwick Street market at end of the day collected a pile of cherries which they will love.
“We are in dire need of songbirds they eat ‘billions’ of our insect bug slug snail pests.”
We are obligated to help them in this their (manmade) senceless plight now just like the bees -
Female Blackbirds sit rain or shine on their eggs rarely leaving through torrential rain freezing snow gales even if it’s baking hot she still sits so perfectly still never moving for 17 days on her nest. I’ve seen the male take over at times or bring food but it isn’t usual to see him (though his never far away). The male returns exactly on the day it’s time to start feeding.
“In pouring rain she covers her eggs babies then chicks, if it’s full sunshine boiling hot she stands over them fanning out both her wings never moving or leaving them.” Later after seventeen days you can hear feint cheeps, then the never ending feeding starts from both parents for 14 days for their babies. Firstly small worms slug’s caterpillars spiders and all manner of garden insects.
“But remember if these insects, pests have been sprayed or slug pellets left to eradicate slugs, snails, aphids, spiders, leather-jackets, flies and moths plus all manner of natures biodiversity ‘our pests.’ Those poison sprays and pellets will then kill off the whole blackbird or any – Songbird family!”
Nest dense branches near trunk of tree hedges scrub. Once formed large flocks on farmland often nesting with 4-6 pairs. Farming changes put a stop to this. Garden feeding is now crucial. Brood 1; 2? Numbers Unknown?…
Singing like a canary two quite different quality songs a great deal of tinkling twittering to long descending notes perched on high trees.
Thick powerful bill is adapted to opening larger nuts.
Help Greenfinches: Hanging feeders with small nyger seeds and sunflower hearts. Inspect their not dusty-mouldy. Supply fresh water for drinking and bathing.
Keep feeders bird-bathes weekly clean as prone to catching diseases spread by dirty feeders.
Summer invertebrates insects seed-cones from alder trees. Grow plants thistles and teasels.
Cont: ‘After 14 days of non-stop feeding the chicks are excitedly wanting to leave their nest.’ Peeking over, then standing on the edge trying out their wings.
Then next morning the parents start chirping calling out to encourage the chicks to fly for the first time and to leave their home.
The first born chick soon lands down underneath the nest which is a very stressed anxious time because of predation. Being highly dangerous.
Sometimes chicks fall out of their nest before their ready or excited fall while trying their wings out. Try quickly to replace them, see how you can help.
The parents have to feed them at ground low level until the chicks can maintain stronger wings and legs to fly. Blackbirds then feed their chicks from grubs to larger food fruit for over 7-8 weeks, on or near the ground. ‘I’ve seen juveniles still with their parents giving them protection at 3-4 months.’
Danger is everywhere when their all so vulnerable it never ends from cats magpies squirrels sparrowhawks dogs. The chicks cannot fly high or well, hit hard objects, land in water butts and drown, hit glass windows very hard getting stunned, dying.
‘IF, you’re Lucky Enough TO HAVE Songbirds’ – MAKE SURE NOT TO HAVE ANY WINDOWS WITHOUT CURTAINS AT BREEDING TIME AS NET CURTAINS DO ACT AS A SCREEN. Or cut paper hawks or cat shapes out to stick on the glass. If you find a ‘dead’ bird try cupping it in both hands breathing deeply over their beaks, when their stunned by impact this can revive them.’ – Always give it a try -
BRITAIN’S CATS AND GREY SQUIRRELS – “KILLED ‘180 MILLION’ SONGBIRDS” – IN THE UK – 2006!
A bird friendly glass has been developed cutting glass collisions by three quarters having an ultraviolet reflective invisible coating. Looking like a spiders web to birds that could help countless numbers crashing into windows. I’ve walked into plate glass, feeling cheek pain for two years.
We need to see this ‘web’ as well…
“If it hasn’t rained or in hot weather keep compost moist for songbirds. Add kept rain washing up water left over tea coffee even urine which is full of good stuff for soil, it has no smell soaked into soil grass hay. Everything biodegrades soon enough don’t be squeamish manure farmyard smells hinder allergies are beneficial help boost immunity.”
Being too clinical destroys our own friendly bacteria that we and nature live on. ‘Organic’ soil contains more nutrients with higher quality healthy produce without resorting to arsenals of pesticides or introduction of toxic methyl iodide herbicides-opposed by dozens of Nobel prize winners as unnecessary.
‘All day the din of gulls, crows, magpies, pigeons, overhead!’ Two large bumble bees buzzing around in the ivy along with needed hover flies not yellow like wasps, lime green thinner and don’t sting. They hover slowly over plants eating our unwanted insect bugs, aphids. Without hover flies (even wasps) along with thousands of insects bugs and bees we’d have no pollination.
WONDERFUL AND DELIGHTFUL – Our Lovely Little Hawfinch.
Britains largest finch has a strong powerful bill capable of cracking cherry stones.
Song just fabulous like a robins with high ticking calls.
‘Always shy enigmatic and with so many colourful markings.’
Spending much of their time in the tops of trees.
RED-RED-LIST! What – REALLY – Does Red List ‘mean’_dead.
Next to ‘Extinct?’ Britain – Abysmal Failure – For ‘our’ Beautiful Hawfinch!
‘Magpie’ Latin meaning – ‘An Appetite For Substances Unfit AS Food Eating Anything’ – Perfect REFERENCE FOR KILLER magpies.
Magpies RARELY ‘eat’ SONGBIRDS WHICH THEY KILL – MAGPIES ARE JUST A KILLING MACHINE Of – All Our ‘Songbirds…!’
Cont: “We desperately must re establish biodiversity.” Stop pesticide poison sprays and Slug pellets. Have lots wildlife areas! Stack unwanted old wood under anything against the ground this rots down attracting bugs.
Then songbirds reward you keeping your soil clean of beetles bugs leather jackets spiders wood lice. ETC. All healthy goodies for them.
The multitude of flower shows, all their displays and at their small holdings, they admit they only use sterile soil without any life to it. Even my yucca tree has no point for wildlife, purely a fashion fad at the time. Songbirds cannot perch on it; it doesn’t attract insects or bugs; only just stabs me in the eye. Found twelve years ago by the ‘bins’ like so many of our whims now out of fashion.
“If, we are to help songbirds survive let alone increase their numbers society must wake up to the fact that predators need to be controlled. Bird protections continue to ignore the huge increase of top of the bird ladder-birds of prey raptors (hawks).”
In fact ‘they’ the RSPB actively encouraged and engineered the protection of birds of prey. Which are just that, they prey upon killing other birds and all smaller mammals.
“When the obvious is so patiently clear this does nothing to enhance the RSPB.”
‘Unrestricted raptors?’ Dr Chris Stoake experienced ecologist specialised in tracing decline over 30 years; appalled at the devastation of nature all over the planet. Songbird and sparrow numbers will only recover if sensible predator control. Culling of certain species and lifting of (since 1954) sparrowhawk protection – Is introduced NOW!
Gandhi wrote - “The more helpless a creature the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”
2006 May 30: Prof Roy Brown Birkbeck University of London ‘In areas of high grey squirrel density more than 93% of small birds nests are being raided. When this is combined with Sparrow hawk activity it can result in 100% of breeding failure.’
‘180million songbirds are killed by cats and grey squirrels.’ Check many available online facts. – “This should serve as a wake up call to all those who do not believe or want to believe that songbirds are doomed under the RSPB.”
Cats AND ‘Grey Squirrels’ – “Killed 180 Million Songbirds in Britain” – 2006! – CATS & Grey-Squirrels ‘Britain 2006’ – “Killed 180 Million Songbirds…!” Magpies RARELY bother to ‘eat’ THE SONGBIRDS THEY KILL… MAGPIES ARE just “A KILLING MACHINE OF ALL OUR” – ‘Songbirds!’
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