The garden seems to be full of Blackbirds lately, there were several successful broods raised last summer and now it seems they have come home to roost, literally! I was sat at the computer in the wee small hours a few days ago and suddenly heard a Blackbird's alarm call. This was repeated several times over the next forty five minutes or so. I suspect the Blackbird had been disturbed from its roosting site by a neighbours cat and it certainly sounded very cross judging by the furious chip chipping noises.
On the day of the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch I recorded nine in the garden and during the recent snowy weather they were well into double figures.
Now with the arrival of milder weather they are busily jockeying for position and trying to establish their territory, quite how they will resolve this, considering they all seem to consider it 'their' garden I don't know.
It is amusing, if slightly annoying, to see them trying to balance on the small hanging feeders which were purposely aimed at the small birds. They have plenty of easily accessible food on the bird table, a feeding station and the ground but they still have to have a go at the acrobatics!
It will be interesting to see how soon they start nest building, not very long I suspect.
The photo below was taken in the garden by me today.