Annie is a Blackbird who has been living in our back garden since summer 2010. She has a husband, Juice, and a few babies at the moment too! Juice is slightly smaller in size, a darker black with a distinct orange beak and is definitely second in rank to Annie. What she says, he does!!
I say she is part of the family because she is practically tame. On occasion, if the kitchen door is left open, she wanders in, and is not in the slightest bit nervous if we are in the kitchen. If we're sitting out in the garden, she hangs out beside us and is almost at the point of eating from our hands (I'm pretty sure she would, we just haven't tested it.)
The Blackbirds are not the only family in our garden; they have lots of friends!!! They include Annie's best friend, a Robin called Henrietta and her buddy Crumpet! Both are equally as tame as Annie - Henrietta even landed on my sister's toe before while we were sitting in the garden! Both pay frequent visits to our kitchen.
This was Henrietta as a baby, her red color hadn't come through yet
Just this morning, as I was making my breakfast, Annie saw me and flew to the kitchen glass door waiting for her breakfast too. I don't think there are better fed birds anywhere in the world - they get a delicious food platter three times a day with all sorts of goodies...
Today's menu: cheese, grapes, raisens (Annie's favorite), monkey nuts and pine nuts
Apart from our blackbirds and robins, we have a family of Blue Tits, Bullfinches and Starlings. Since all the birds aren't so tame, and come into the kitchen at meal times, we decided to provide a 'take-out' service too... It's especially (and expertly) equipped for those rainy days ...
Goodnight from Annie, Juice, Henrietta, Crumpet and families! They wish you a Happy Wednesday!!!