Have you seen the price of Mealworms?

Remember our Blackbirds nesting in the tractor?

TractorWe haven’t had much on the blog about them because Blackbirds have a very low survival rate, only about 30% of nests go on to produce fledglings. I was not prepared to do anything to add to the difficulties they faced. Forget the photographs I just want healthy birds.

Yesterday I set the camera up to video the tractor so that I could monitor the comings and goings of the parent birds. It didn’t make compulsive viewing so I didn’t blog it. It was just a quick flash of a parent going in or coming out once every couple of minutes but I did make extensive notes:

F in L/Side  1:45

F out R/Side 2:38

That kind of thing. Poor little beggars don’t stand a chance.

Blackbird NestlingsSometimes you can know too much for your own good and sure enough when I lifted the bonnet of that tractor today the nest was empty.

It’s enough to make a grown man cry.

Empty NestHave you seen the price of mealworms?

Blackbird Fledglings

Blackbird Fledglings

Blackbird Fledglings

Blackbird Fledglings

Blackbird Fledglings

Blackbird Fledglings

Blackbird Fledglings

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