A female blackbird has been very busy over the past couple of days building a nest in our wall climbing Ivy. The nest is still in the early stages but you can watch all the action live on our Live Cameras. We have had the camera up for a couple of days but wanted to check if the female blackbird was making a nest there before we put them live on the site.
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We will be bringing you regular updates as well as some snapshots and video clips shortly
The three blackbird chicks have fledged this morning. Unfortunately due to the leaves over the camera we weren’t able to catch the fledging on camera. The three chicks have been around the garden being fed by both parents and we managed to get some video which we will upload a bit later.
The blackbird chicks are doing well, receiving lots of food from both parents. The nest is buried in an Ivy bush which is starting to grow rapidly now. This unfortunately means we don’t always have the best view from the camera but we are not going to go near the nest and disturb it so we will have to hope we get to see most of the action!
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The first egg has hatched in the Blackbird nest. We have caught a few glimpses on the camera but haven’t been able to get any snapshots yet but we will keep trying! The parents will now be busy over the next two weeks providing plenty of food for the chicks. We expect them to fledge around the 29th/30th April.
The female blackbird is still patiently incubating her 3 eggs thoughout the stormy weather we are having. Blackbirds normally incubate for around 13-14 days so that should be early next week.
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It’s been a rainy day here and the female blackbird has spent most of it on her nest in the ivy keeping her eggs warm. Unfortunately the wind and rain has pushed some leaves in front of the camera lens. We will attempt to clear these if we can tomorrow.
Yesterday the 3rd blackbird egg was laid in the nest and the female has started incubating them today. The male has been very busy bringing in lots of food for the female ranging from berries to worms! You can see in the picture that he also took an interest in the camera looking at the nest but it didn’t seem to bother him and he went on his way. Blackbird incubation is normally 13 to 14 days so we expect the eggs to start hatching, if all goes to plan, around the 16/17th April.
Keep up with the progress by checking the Live Cameras as always. We also post updates to our Facebook page and Twitter feed.
Our blackbird nest now has 2 eggs in! The female spent around an hour and a half on the nest around midday, after which the 2 eggs were seen. We expect a couple more eggs over the next two days.
About a week ago we noticed a female blackbird taking nesting material into our Ivy. On closed inspection we found she had half built a nest. As we were updating the boxes and cameras we took the opportunity to add a camera to this nest.
She continued to build and the first egg was laid at around 1pm this afternoon. She returned later in the evening to roost on the nest. Last time we filmed blackbirds she laid 4 eggs so we are expecting similar this year. You can keep up to date by following this diary and also checking the Live Cameras.
We have had a quick peek into the nest just to see what was actually there. It looked like there were 4 eggs in total. Two had hatched and the third was on its way. It is a shame this nest wasn’t successful but we will keep our fingers crossed for next year. We will clear the eggs and chicks out of the nest at the end of the summer when it is legal to do so.
Unfortunately, the female hasn’t been seen at all today since our cameras switched on at 7am. The male has been about bringing in food to the nest but looking very confused when the female isn’t there. We had seen some movement in the nest the day before so believed some eggs had hatched. The female was on the nest when the cameras turned off last night so something may have disturbed her or something happened early in the morning.
The female has been sitting on the nest for nearly two weeks now which is the normal time for incubation. We therefore expect any eggs to start hatching any day now. The camera location doesn’t allow us to see how many eggs are in the nest so we will have to wait and see when the chicks grow up a little. The male robin has been very busy bringing in lots of food for the female.
We had noticed a pair of Robins visiting the garden very regularly, much more than previous years. We then spotted the female gathering nesting material and heading into our ivy near our Sparrow boxes. Once nest building had completed, the Robins didn’t visit the nest as regularly during the day. We managed to get a camera located near the nest looking in. The robins continue to visit the nest every morning with the female sitting for about half an hour with the male bringing in food. We are not sure if there are any eggs as it is not easy to see with the camera and we don’t want to disturb the nest by taking a look. We will keep this diary page updated with more sightings.