Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Song Thrush......................................................... nest building in my garden

Just before leaving for work this morning I managed to capture this Song Thrush gathering nesting material.
It's the female that builds the nest using grass and twigs then lines it with mud.

She will lay between four to six eggs and incubate them for two weeks.

 The young birds will spend up to sixteen days being fed by both parents before they leave the nest.
I hope to share more images of the parent birds as they bring food for their young family.
I can't (and won't) share the nest... it's illegal in the UK to disturb a birds nest.

The image below was taken during 2008.

Same fence on the exact same spot as the image I captured this morning.
Song Thrushes are lovely birds to see... even with a mouthful of worms.

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32 comments:

Carletta said...

Wonderful captures Andrew!
That last one with the worms in the Thrushe's mouth is excellent!

Modesto Viegas said...

Great captures!!!

Denise said...

First class close-ups, so detailed and sharp. I didn't know it was illegal to disturb birds nests in England, not that I would though. It's good to hear that there are laws protecting them.

John said...

Lucky you Andrew! I think that I am lucky if I see a Song Thrush in my garden, but to have one nesting, I am jealous!
Lovely photo, by the way!
J
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Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Like the mouthful of worms.

Nature Rambles said...

Wonderful shots! I'd love to take that kind of shots some day!!

Eva Ason said...

Beautiful close ups!

Karen said...

A mouthful in both shots! Great captures.

fjällripan said...

They are really busy now :) Great captures! /Susanne

TexWisGirl said...

you brits take your birding seriously! :)

Genie said...

Such wonderful captures, Andrew. I love that they keep coming back. It is hard for me to believe that in only 16 days they will be ready to leave the nest. I am amazed at just how much they can hold in their mouths. Wonderful photography. genie

Bob Bushell said...

They are lovely birds, brilliant images.

NatureFootstep said...

talk about having a mouth full. :) There is not room for more, is it?
Nice shots. :)

Jeanne said...

Hello Andrew! Think your photos of this lovely thrush are lovely, and will look forward to more photos of this mama bird while she raises her babies

CameraCruise said...

Wonderful shots of the cute, little bird.
Mette

eileeninmd said...

Cute shot and what a mouthful.

barbara l. hale said...

Terrific pics of this beautiful little bird.

Springman said...

Interesting shots Andrew, beautiful detail!

mick said...

Great photos. It's interesting to see the birds with two such different beaks full!

NatureStop said...

Amazing images.Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Shantana

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful shots. You really get to know your birdie visitors.

Carole M. said...

Glad you picked up those photos of the Song Thrush early in the morning Drew; just brilliant. I think I've seen that second photo here before maybe; it is fantastic too.

Arija said...

I so miss the song thrushes Drew. When we lived in Melbourne, we had them nesting in an apple tree.. Unfortunately no-one brought them to South Australia.
I look forward to some baby pictures.

Stewart M said...

Nice shots - we have song thrushes in one of the big parks near us - but unlike most of the introduced species here they have not really spread like wild fire.

Cheers - Stewart M.

PS: my WBW bird this week will be a bit more familiar to you than normal I think!

heyBJK said...

Great shots, Andrew! Talk about a fat, juicy worm! That's nesting material and breakfast.

Ruby said...

Its always a wonder to see the birds building a nest - the tailor bird's nest is one of the most fascinating things. Fabulous shots! Cheers, Ruby

Susan said...

Awww, a nursery being built! Best to leave it alone, don't want to panic mother! Awesome shots!

Adam Jones said...

Cracking shots Andrew, and not too far from me in Cheadle Hulme.

Nancy said...

You always manage to capture the best bird shots, Andrew -- these are wonderful!

cieldequimper said...

Those worms look tasty!

JM said...

Fantastic!

Liz said...

Perfect!! I love those big juicy worms.