Avian Connection


Although the weather has been somewhat changeable, I’ve been able to spend a bit of time out in the garden. Whilst in the garden I’ve acquired a new and unexpected friend, who I’ve christened “Blackie”; I know it maybe shows a lack of imagination but the friend in question is a male blackbird who seems to spend an awful lot of time alone.


Whenever I venture out, he’s usually sat on the fence or the greenhouse roof; when he’s hungry he places himself in the middle of the ground feeder whilst nodding in my direction. So I pop back in the house to get a handful of sprinkles and, he stays in situ whilst I scatter them on the feeder tray.


Today when I ambled up to the more wildlife friendly area of the garden, he followed me hopping on to various shrubs and the fence. I always try to proffer a friendly greeting, perhaps it’s the tone of voice rather than the words used that matters, and we exchange a few sucked sibilant “tt,tt,tts” in full recognition of each others presence.


Each time I venture out and he presents himself (like an over zealous friend) in very close proximity, I’m almost overwhelmed by an amazing sense of privilege. Strangely, or perhaps not so strange, he’s a bit more wary of my beloved but she still delights in my enjoyment of the relationship.

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3 Responses to Avian Connection

  1. Jen says:

    It\’s utterly amazing that you were able to get such close-up shots of Blackie. My Mum feeds the birds and has been doing so since before last Autumn, or even longer. She now has her own bird infirmary! All the little crippled birds go to her garden to feed and there\’s one pigeon she especially loves because the bird is actually getting stronger now that food is so easy for her to find. I get a daily update on Mum\’s birds. Love this blog, Malcolm.

  2. The G Man says:

    Hello Malcolm,Thanks for passing by and leaving comments, I am impressed with your space, very nice….As Jen said, I\’m also impressed with how close you were able to get to blackie, you sure he is not a Robin in disguise???You obviously have a calm persona about you which doesn\’t scare the birds.Have a great week.

  3. Malcolm says:

    In Blackie\’s case, proximity proved no problem, he just seemed to want to pose as I chattered away to him! Thanks Jen and G Man for popping by.

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