Hatching Blackbird Eggs
I hate gardening, seriously I do! There really is nothing more boring, unless you consider watching paint dry, sitting exams or spending the evening on a really crappy date.
However, after spending a couple of hours in the garden this weekend, soaking up the glorious and much needed sunshine with Liv, I came across more than just snails and weeds. When attempting to put one of my lemon scented Cypress trees back together, after being thoroughly wind blown during the winter I was left in a buzz of feathers wondering ‘What on Earth was that?’
It turned out the ‘thing’ that had zoomed out of my tree was non other than a Mummy Blackbird… why had she been hiding in the tree? Take a look at the photos below and you will see what Liv and I discovered!
As you can see, we found 3 beautiful duck egg blue eggs!
I have no idea how long Mummy Blackbird (MBB) had been there, I certainly had not noticed any birds building a nest or spending time around the tree. After a worrying slightly that I may have scared MBB away from her nest, I was reassured by information I found on the net about nesting Blackbirds. Fortunately MBB did return and had been happily sat on her eggs since Saturday. After a quick check on her this afternoon, all was ok, the three eggs were still visible and MBB was clearly off finding food. A couple of hours later and 2 of the eggs had hatched to reveal fluffy baby Blackbirds who were searching around for food and their mummy. Literally only an hour later and the little bundles had lost their fluffy baby feathers and were looking slightly plumper and very relaxed.
The nest is amazing, so well constructed and it really does make you marvel at how clever birds actually are – clearly I have too much time on my hands!
My fingers are crossed that the final egg hatches very soon. As you would expect Liv is beside herself and has already named the birds… Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the un-hatched egg is Rapunzel. The fact that Liv has been able to see this miracle is fantastic, she has so many questions about the birds and it really has added to her love of animals.
We are so lucky to have been able to watch this amazing feat of nature and to do so in our own back garden! We are going to respect their privacy, though I will keep having a peek to check on their progress, so expect more images of MBB and her Disney Princesses!
Blackbird eggs generally hatch after 2 weeks.
Once the birds have vacated the nest, it is advised to remove and dispose of the nest. This does not mean the birds will not return to nest again in the spot, if they are happy then they will. They will also want to build a new home!