Nick Baker's Nesting Favourites – No. 5
"There is nothing as simple or perfect as a male blackbird in his finest: all plumptious and velveteen with a banana yellow eye-ring and bill. For me, however, it’s his song. Those rich, chocolatey tones are the pure definition of spring in the garden.
He’ll start singing as soon as those first warm days arrive (in some years this can be as early as January). And in these long breeding seasons with an early start they’ll keep on churning them out right up until August.
The female is a veritable baby-making machine, with sometimes up to four broods a year of 4-5 greenish eggs, each mottled with light brown markings (29mm x 21mm). They like to secrete their adobe nest of mud, moss and grass in dense foliage: hedges, honeysuckle and ivy clad walls are all favourites."