Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Outdoor Wednesday - Introducing Annie

So since Annie and co. are members of the Power family for the past two years, it's time for her to feature in a blog post!

Meet Annie: 

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

Their home: 

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...

The preparations:

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 ...

There you have it, the extended Power family!

Goodnight from Annie, Juice, Henrietta, Crumpet and families! They wish you a Happy Wednesday!!!


  1. beautiful pics as always! thunder thighs is looking particularly well :) xxx

    1. Haha Thunder Thighs! Maybe we all need to be on a diet!

  2. Beautiful photos. Very good catches. Exquisite colors. Greetings.

  3. Hello,
    I love your blog! What beautiful photos! I love birds, too (I'm listening to "my" 3 crows at the feeder as I'm writing this) Thank you for visiting my Outdoor Wednesday post. You asked where the pictures of the sunset were taken. My niece lives in rural Ohio, in the northern part of the state, and that's where she took them.

    1. Hi Cindy! Thanks so much, your photos are lovely too!!So nice you have your own birds too! It's fascinating watching them sometimes, isn't it? Best wishes from Dublin!

  4. We have lots of good bird watching at our mountain home, especially in summer when flocks of humming birds come in. Not so many in Phoenix!
    Amazing how fearless these little birds can be.