‘Bird Trouble’…… If you hear that in London it would usually refer to the fairer sex causing grief, nagging, getting herself pregnant and such like.
The other side to this of course is that the bloke has usually screwed up!
Thats right, its always the fellas fault!!
Apparently the sooner we learn that and just say ‘Yes Dear’, the happier we will be…. Actually, on second thoughts saying ‘yes dear’ probably would not be the best response to any given situation.
So if you have landed on this page looking for advice cos you have genuine bird trouble….. go seek the advice from one of those agony aunt people or take a mate down the pub and chew on their ear. I am most definitely not the person to give advice on bird trouble.
Fortunately my bird trouble is that of the feathered variety and therefore less complex…. A lot less complex!
I arrived home from Germany and found a surprise in my window box:
I looked on line to see what birds lay these beautiful blue eggs. It seems that a number of birds that nest in trees can have a range of colour pigmentation in the shell.
We don’t see many sparrows in London these days. I vaguely remember reading something about this being down to the Italians catching them in huge nets and eating them in their thousands. Well, a mix of that and people paving/tarmacking over their front gardens in order to have off road parking.
Good for their insurance but shite for the environment. There is even a suggestion that this is partly responsible for some floods we see in the city. The suggestion being that with the missing front gardens, rain water is not absorbed into the ground and only has one place to go; our old victorian sewage network.
Anyway that is taking me way way way off topic……
Sparrows were common in London. Now they are not. What ever the cause in their decline I personally miss the sight of these little birds flittering and hoping around. Maybe thats why Berlin feels familiar with their playful sparrows fluttering about.
Maybe our dwindling numbers was down to the Italians? I’m sure someone will fill in the gaps or call me anti-Italian. Don’t bother, as it is not true and it will fall on death ears…
I’d like to think this little chap or girlie at Berlin-Schönefeld Flughafen heard our London accents and felt a natural affinity to come and stand near us. They are after all cockney sparras (Not to be mixed up with the excellent but not so fluffy band called Cock Sparrer).
So……. one nest and one blue egg. Looking online suggested that city birds have fewer clutches of eggs. Okay so this little bird, what ever it is, will be having one chick. Thats a good thing as it will be less noisy.
I could have just got rid of the nest….. Yes its illegal but who would have known?!!
However, I’m not that way inclined and truth be told, although not having full use of my balcony will be a little inconvenient for four, five, maybe six weeks, I’m kind of looking forward to seeing these chicks hatch and grow.
Chicks! Chicks! Those of you paying attention will have noted I said there was one egg. In deed in the photograph there is one egg.
That was until mum popped another two out.
Its kind of exciting and I feel like I am about to become a proud father.
Here is the sad part…… Its not a sparrow! Sparrer or even a Cockney Sparra.
Why am I even blogging about this… Here is the thing; I need some advice… You see, the way it starts it sounds just like real bird trouble… but its different..
Can anyone answer the following please:
What type of bird is this?
How long before the eggs hatch?
How long will the chicks be in the nest?
Once they fly off are they done with the nest or will they return for a safe place for short period?
Should we leave some food out?
My concern is that it might attract other birds or potential predators?? Maybe even Italians! [I’m kidding!]
If we should leave out some food, what should it be?
If we put out a bird bath with water will that attract birds that may cause harm to the eggs/chicks?
Can we still use the balcony to dry laundry or should we stay away completely?
I would like to take photos as the chicks grow and develop. So how long will mum be away and will popping out to grab quick shots cause any issues?
If there are any of those Ornithologist types or twitchers that can offer some advice on my kind of bird trouble, it would be very much appreciated.
Jim Jimmy James…………………………… UPDATE
It looks like a female blackbird. If you look at this link, you will see three blue eggs in a nest, all very similar to yours.
I am sure that you don’t need to leave food or water. They manage very well in my garden, with insects and grubs. They will find water in puddles or anywhere it congregates. They are not that scared of people but if your washing flaps close to the nest, I suppose that there is a chance she might abandon it. Hopefully someone more ‘birdy’ will be able to tell you more.
(We still have sparrows in Norfolk, but they had deserted London by the time I left that city.)
I was kind of thinking if I leave any food, they might get bigger quicker and fly off sooner. But I suppose thats not really how it works. Black bird it is. Cheers Pete.