|The Blackbird, Turdus merula merula Linn|
The Observer book of birds describes the blackbird as a songster second to none
|Chocolate nests - an Easter treat|
Their eggs are greenish- blue and speckled with brown. It is quite easy to spot a few broken shells near a hedge once the baby birds have hatched. The blackbird is a Resident bird. I really like knowing that he won't go away, he keeps me company
.Here is a short poem that Thomas Hardy wrote about a blackbird., building his nest.
' I Watched a Blackbird'
I watched a blackbird on a budding sycamore,
One Easter Day, when sap was stirring twigs to the core,
I saw his tongue and crocus-coloured bill,
Parting and closing as he turned his trill
Then he flew down, seized on a stem of hay,
And upped to where his building scheme was under way,
As if so sure a nest was never shaped on spray.
I made some chocolate Easter nests today while listening to the blackbird serenade me.
150g Allbran and Rice Krispies
Sugar coated eggs
Melt the chocolate with the butter over a very low heat. Stir until creamy and then tip in the cereal mixture. The Allbran gives a twiggy effect , like a nest. Spoon into cupcake cases and place a sugar- coated egg in the centre of each one.