A perfect March morning here today, with warm sunshine quickly melting the hoar frost. I've been busy cleaning out the children's pet rabbits and have been watched all the while by a female blackbird.
She took up position in the branches of the hawthorn hedge to soak up the best of the sun's heat and seemed completely unphased by my comings and goings. Even when I got to within a yard or so the blackbird seemed untroubled.
I presume this bird is the one that I've seem with a male in around the hedge by our pond over the last week or so. He has been sticking very close to her, following her like he's her shadow.No sign of the male this morning. Just the female along, dozing in the warmth and watching me work.