Both my Blackbirds have been busy collecting food, flying in and out of the shed with beaks full - it has been going on for a few days now. As soon as I saw them both flying about, I knew that their eggs must have hatched. I have been dying to climb up and have a look in the nest to see them, but resisted so far in case of disturbing the happy family.
But today I took a peek. The nest is full up with bodies and beaks and it is difficult to see how many there are. Four I think. The nest is close to the roof and so it is nearly impossible to get high enough to count, much less photograph - but here they are. The young seem to be being fed earthworms and insects, both parents take food constantly, the male usually quickly filling up the open beaks, but the female stays a bit longer as if to check all is well. They will have to grow quickly, Blackbirds normally fledge between 14 and 20 days.