My love of birds grows

This evening, a blackbird has been hiding in the strawberry undergrowth a lot. That is to say, each time I go into the garden it scuttles away to safety (relatively speaking).

I’m really intrigued. What is it so determined to find or get that makes it stay around but hidden? (NB After taking the photo, I managed to trip and fall down with a clatter in an attempt not to frighten my feathered friend and it didn’t stir.)

I’m amazed by both this behaviour and something I learned at an exhibition I took my parents and daughter to at Leeds Art Gallery yesterday. The bowerbird is like humans in that it appears to appreciate beauty for its own sake. The male bird makes a structure such as this

and decorates it with colourful objects. Each decoration is unique and woe betide if a person should fiddle with the composition: any changes will be corrected to the original version. What a clever creature!


About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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14 Responses to My love of birds grows

  1. Amazing. Our sparrows in the extractor fan vent are preparing for a second brood of the year

  2. Linda Penney says:

    Lovely update thank you for sharing and blessing

  3. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    The blackbirds in our garden are hiding in the blackcurrant bushes where they are helping themselves to blackcurrants. This is the first year they have taken the blackcurrants though they annually stripe the red currant bush. I expect it is because of the dry, hot weather, and they need the moist fruit as earthworms are not available.

    • Helen says:

      Yes, the birds must be suffering because of the drought. I’ve left the strawberries now for the birds but they don’t seem to be eating them…

  4. Carole says:

    My blackbird was looking increasingly distressed, picking over dry leaves in the darkest recesses of the garden and not finding much by the looks of it. I’ve been sprinkling mealworm and suet treats along the borders, and he jumps down while I’m still there and starts feeding. I’ll keep this up until it rains and there is sign of slugs and worms again.

    • Helen says:

      I think I will put some fat out as well. I’m also concerned that the birds are taking extra risks – I heard one being attached by a cat the other night 😕

  5. What a clever creature … 🙂

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