I sometimes put bird food out before it becomes really light. The other morning I took a torch! I know I must be mad, but there is a reason for this and the reason is – blackbirds! Once or twice in the early morning I’ve looked out of the window and seen a dark shadow that turns out to be a Blackbird. It was at the bird tables and the ground feeder looking for food and there wasn’t any.
Now, when I put the early morning bird food out I see 3 or 4 blackbirds at the bird table taking advantage of the quietness of it all.
During the day when the bird table and ground feeder has visits from many of the smaller garden birds I never see a blackbird. I only see them scurrying about when the garden is quiet and that is usually early morning or early evening. I enjoy feeding the garden birds and know it helps them through the winter, but apart from that all the garden birds that come to my bird feeders really cheer up that corner of my garden. They flit in and out of the hedges and among the hedge rows and make me laugh.