What do Blackbird Eggs look like?

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What do Blackbird Eggs look like?

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… a nest with gorgeous blackbird eggs ready to hatch!

What do Blackbird Eggs look like?

What do Blackbird Eggs look like?

What did we have in the nest?

As you can see, we found 3 beautiful duck egg blue Blackbird 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.

Blackbird Nest

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!

Birdbird Information:

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!

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11 comments

Becky April 8, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Completely amazing…what a privellege

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Sim April 8, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I know, I am very chuft indeed!! 🙂 x

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Liz Burton April 8, 2013 at 10:48 pm

How fabulous. I love Liv’s names for them.

What an honour to be able to witness that, I bet Live will always remember her baby birds. x

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Sim April 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

I should have known before I asked the naming question! LOL!! Always the same! Liv is super excited about them – am so glad that she is able to see this. The nest is below my height so it’s perfect for us to have a peek!x

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Carolin April 8, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Aww that’s beautiful. What a special discovery to make x

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Brittany April 8, 2013 at 10:59 pm

How exciting, and what gorgeous blue eggs! Very cool that Liv got to see that. Hope the last one hatches alright xx

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Jaime Oliver April 9, 2013 at 8:21 am

Wow how magic that you got to see just how beautiful life can be! i would love them in may garden!

Thanks for linking up with #magicmoments

P.s I LOVE gardening!! lol lol

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sarahhillwheeler April 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

Amazing pictures. You are lucky. I’ve been feeding a (male) blackbird since we moved in (never been a bird-feeder, but took pity in the winter when he was looking forlorn at the kitchen window). Thanks for sharing the photos of those eggs and hatchlings, it’s great how everthing comes to life at this time of year!

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The Musing Housewife April 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm

It is such a gorgeous sight… I am sooo envious.. I want them in my garden!! At least we get to share it with you this way.

MH xxx

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Red Rose Mummy April 9, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I’m so pleased MBB came back! I remember thinking, after I saw the photos on FB how beautifully constructed the nest was. It’s just exactly what you think of when you think ‘bird’s nest’ isn’t it?
Hope all three do well and you and Liv continue to enjoy them.

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BritMums Little Adventures Challenge with Barny : Sim's Life October 13, 2013 at 3:37 pm

[…] was an amazing find earlier in the year when we noticed we had our very own baby Blackbird eggs, which then hatched into very chirpy, little baby Blackbirds. It was amazing to see and experience […]

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