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To say hello to a blackbird every evening and feel lovely about it

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badonkydonk Mon 27-Feb-17 18:20:22

Every evening at dusk, there is a beautiful blackbird singing its tuneful little heart out just behind my house. Same tree, and same time (later and later as the nights get longer). I just happened to notice him a few nights in row but I actively stand outside to hear it now.

The latest development is that I actually address him as Mr Blackbird (maybe Mrs Blackbird but I don't like to pry), say good evening to him and tell him how lovely he is (may have even asked him if he had a good day tonight!)

Does anyone else say hello to random things and get an overbearing sense of warmth from it?

crazymissdaisy Mon 27-Feb-17 18:22:54

yes and also a young blackbird a few years ago, I was always so (tragically) pleased to see it hopping about eating seed. I was sorrier to leave it than to leave my H!

susiella Mon 27-Feb-17 18:24:16

Yes OP. I too like to greet birds in my garden, dogs I meet in the street & all manner of animals. It is lovely.

Londonjam Mon 27-Feb-17 18:25:38

Ahhh lucky you!
I'll have a little chat with cats I meet out and about - as usually see those without their owners about.
I always have to say hello to Robins too. I love Robins ❤️

ErrolTheDragon Mon 27-Feb-17 18:27:02

I actually address him as Mr Blackbird (maybe Mrs Blackbird but I don't like to pry),

If he's black he's Mr, if she's brown she's Mrs. (I'm not sure if the females sing or if its just the males, actually)

Bumblebee35 Mon 27-Feb-17 18:31:23

When I plant seeds and they grow, makes me happy(might even talk to them!!) But then when I have too many seedlings it makes me sad that they have put in all the effort of growing but they aren't neededsad

badonkydonk Mon 27-Feb-17 18:35:55

Thanks Errol

He's definitely black so Mr Blackbird it is. I can see a hint of a yellow beak so his gender is confirmed. I might even name him properly now.

I say hello to most things that move or more recently nod at dogs who give me a 'doggy smile' or pay me any kind of recognition.

Londonjam my husband (whilst doing a favour for an elderly neighbour) possibly evicted a family of robins from a small tree. No eggs thankfully but he was so cut up he set up a new home for them. They are now happy in there slightly adjusted, and in my opinion, superior home. I've never seen him so upset about anything!

Glittermakeseverythingbetter Mon 27-Feb-17 18:37:05

Lol. We had a 'Mrs brown bird' in our garden as a regular visitor.

ShaniaTwang Mon 27-Feb-17 18:38:10

Lovely. I will too!

Rubyslippers7780 Mon 27-Feb-17 18:38:16

We have a blackbird too! And a wee Robin lives in our hedge..my granny told me that it was lucky to have a blackbird visit and a Robin was a sign someone was watching over you from above...gubbins I know, but lovely too...

ErrolTheDragon Mon 27-Feb-17 18:38:15

This thread has reminded me I need to sort out the ivy on the fence now, not a few weeks hence when it may have birds nesting in it.

Ifonlyiweretaller Mon 27-Feb-17 18:38:27

I call our blackbirds every morning! I go out and call 'come on then' in a birdlike voice (well I think its bird like...) and feed them sultanas which i but in specially. .
I get between 2 and 6 flying down into to the garden from the surrounding bushes. Definitely more males than females. If I haven't fed them but they can see movement inside the patio doors, they tweet and 'chirrup' close to the doors until they get my attention. They often come as close as a couple of feet away from me. I also feed them in the evenings if its light when I get home.
Yes, I am a crazy bird lady, and I love it!

Heyheyheygoodbye Mon 27-Feb-17 18:38:41

Lovely smile

When I was a teen a little blind cat used to greet me on my way home from school. She lived around the corner from me. I loved stopping to chat each day.

iamEarthymama Mon 27-Feb-17 18:39:14

I have found my tribe!
I have just been stood at the back door listening to my Mr Blackbird singing his wonderful song.
I love my walks locally, a flock of sparrows quarrel and shout in a hedge, two robins fight for territory, but serenade me too.
Then there are ducks, jackdaws, a songthrush, wagtails the list goes on.
I always feel so pleased and privileged that these wild creatures live their lives so close to us.

Londonjam Mon 27-Feb-17 18:39:37

Awww bless him OP 😌

KurriKurri Mon 27-Feb-17 18:40:09

Not at all unreasonable. I used to have a female blackbird and her huge baby come to my lawn every day. I called them Mrs Tatty and Fat Boy.

Also pheasants called Mr Important and his Harem.

And 3 hedgehogs - Football, Tiny, and Hodges.

LadyPW Mon 27-Feb-17 18:40:14

I was thinking the OP was slightly mad till I realised that I say hello to the ducks (and swans, and geese) in the park. And the squirrels. And obviously any cats or dogs we see en-route. And sometimes the birds in the garden, though they normally fly away when I come out to fill their feeders (which costs me a small fortune). Sighs and wanders away humming to self...

bibbitybobbityyhat Mon 27-Feb-17 18:40:41

Yanbu op! I am a fellow tree hugger who gets immense joy from nature and stuff (even though I live in London). I point out the snowdrops or the blossom coming, or a lovely tree in Autumn and the teens roll their eyes and shake their heads.

The blackbirds in my garden are making me very happy right now, and the little blue tits flying around the nesting box on the shed, even the blooming pigeons and squirrels make me smile.

But of course if it is a black blackbird, it is Mr, as Mrs Blackbirds are brown and a bit dowdy.

Gaaaah Mon 27-Feb-17 18:40:46

I have conversations with Robins. They always seem to be where I am. The hidden believe that my grandad died and became a robin.

I also talk to cats when I happen about them when I'm walking.

DevelopingDetritus Mon 27-Feb-17 18:41:33

Yes there's a Robin that visits our garden often, I say hello and wave.

Iflyaway Mon 27-Feb-17 18:42:58

Love it!

Love bird song. I talk to all of nature too grin

crazymissdaisy Mon 27-Feb-17 18:43:23

I'm so glad I'm not alone smile it's such an innocent pleasure, not exactly at one with nature in a dancing-naked-in-a-wheatfield way, just observing and being approachable!

Littledrummergirl Mon 27-Feb-17 18:48:58

Yanbu. I love the blackbirds and sparrows in the garden. We've had finches and tits as robins in the past. One day we had a kestrel stop off, it was awesome.

Unfortunately my neighbours keep cutting the hedge between us back, it's now so thin the birds can't stay in it. Luckily my front hedge is very overgrown to overcompensate.

Someone asked me a couple of years ago when we were going to sort the garden as it doesn't match their idea of perfectly manicured. It's a little haven for the wildlife though and I plan to keep it that way.

daisychain01 Mon 27-Feb-17 18:50:27

Yy, we have a lovely robin redbreast who enjoys pecking at the suet sticks we hang off the bird table. He is such a brave little chap, so tiny but a lot more bold that those bully magpies who darent come within 50 metres of the house because DH has his gun at the ready for a few grains of lead up their arses

I stand on the kitchen step and chat away to Mr Robin and he happily chomps away... I was beginning to think I've turned into the crazy woman of the village, so feeling better now smile

daisychain01 Mon 27-Feb-17 18:51:52

Anyone know when the next RSPB garden bird count is (yup I ought to just Google really !)

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