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A Juvenile Blackbird in our bathroom…

A Juvenile Blackbird in our bathroom…


A Juvenile Blackbird in our bathroom…

P1230691, a photo by Leticia on Flickr.

Our cat, Rusty, brought this lovely juvenile to our upstairs bathroom. At first I just heard singing and flapping, then it dawned on me she had brought something in. Rusty had taken the bird to the bathroom, so I called her out and shut the door, I could see the bird had already deposited his fear all over the bathroom floor/walls/window. I then climbed on a chair and looked through the window pane. What a beautiful bird I saw!  And it didn’t look hurt at all, phew!

It took a few attempts to build up the courage to open the bathroom door, go in, take photos, open window, then get out again. Every time I tried it would start flying around, I had to back out again.  I finally managed to get in. And eventually it left the room through the window I had opened. It was sort of terrifying at first, and then it was magical.

I had tried ringing my husband, as he’s been the one who dealt with these situations, rather successfully in the past, but he was in a meeting and didn’t answer.  So I went on Facebook to try and get some help, but mostly to calm myself down and think…

Me – There it is… It’s a blackbird? It’s intact and flying around bathroom. Help!

Me – there’s a glass pane on top of the door, that’s how I photographed her. Still not built up to going in, tried about 10 times, it starts flying around when i do. ·10 February 2014 at 12:02·

Ruth – Looks like a blackbird. Don’t like dealing with live things that cats bring in – am really funny about frogs now.

Me – yeah, think it’s a blackbird. She’s not hurt, just can’t get in the room without her flapping about. 10 February 2014 at 12:04

Me – ok, let me break it down, might help: so I need to open the door quickly, sneak in, close door behind me, not panic, open the window. wait for it to leave. Will take a pillow case to shoo it away or maybe throw over it…

Me – I HAVE DONE IT! got some wicked photos too. Might not be a blackbird, it’s not pure brown, it has speckles!

Me – what a muppet, window is open but it’s just sitting in the bath   ·10 February 2014 at 12:11·

Me – that’s not a blackbird is it?

Hat – Juvenile starling, I think.

Hat – If it’s in the bath, throw a towel over it and then you can release it outside 10 February 2014 at 12:15

Hat – 10 February 2014 at 12:15

Me – I opened the window, took photos, left the room, looks like it’s gone! 10 February 2014 at 12:15

Me – It did sing a lot, quite beautifully  10 February 2014 at 12:16

Me – yep, listening to the singing on that page, maybe it was a juvenile starling, thanks Hat xx Made me think of Drew for some reason.

Hat – They’re good mimics too.

Me – Just saw a blackbird in the garden, I’d forgotten they have yellow beaks  10 February 2014 at 12:37

Hat – Juvenile and female blackbirds don’t.

Jeff – Well done.  x

Me – I tried calling you! But oh no, you had a meeting or some such…   10 February 2014 at 13:08

Ade – What is it with you and birds in the house?! xx

Hat – They’ve heard about the possibility of photo opportunities.

Me – This was the Third Bird if I’m not mistaken… Jeff rescued the other two. 10 February 2014 at 13:35

I still think it was a juvenile blackbird, mainly because of its beak? And also because there are lots and lots of blackbirds around here and no starlings!

Link to Facebook thread – it’s friends only, so it’s here for my reference.

Future bird encounters that I wrote about
. 19 July 2017 – Chimney Crow
. 02 June 2015 – Birdgate

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