Saturday, 6 May 2017
When I first saw this blackbird nest I thought it was a crazy place to build. It was in full view on top of a log pile beside my shed. If I could see it so easily it seemed obvious that a sharp-eyed magpie would find it. I peeped inside and there were two eggs.
Next day there were three.
I guessed that was probably the lot and that the blackbird would start brooding them so I stayed away from there altogether. The BTO website says that the incubation time for blackbird eggs is 13-14 days so I risked another look just over two weeks later. And - I found an empty and abandoned nest.
I couldn't imagine that it was ever going to work. I expect Mrs B went off sadder and wiser to start again somewhere more sensible. I hope I don't find the next nest, in which case the magpies might not find it either.