Recently, there was a tweet from the Wildlife Trusts about feeding birds at this time of year. Just as it is the hunger gap for us, so it is for them. I asked what I could do for blackbirds and the answer came back that I could put an apple on the end of a branch where I had done some pruning. This I did.
I somehow had my doubts about the blackbirds taking any interest in fruit stuck on a tree, though. They were already finding plenty of worms in the ground, by the looks of things. So, not surprisingly, the apple is rotting, untouched.
I often wonder what birds are thinking about humans and our antics. Perhaps they think the apple is one of our bizarre rituals. In any case, methinks it will be going in the compost bin now.