I was feeding the birds, as usual, suddenly realised I had moved right up to a baby blackbird. She didn't move or seem frightened. I of course moved away (apologising!)
I kept watching that first day. There was another baby blackbird in our garden, she was very verbal and was being fed by both parents. But not once did I see BB being fed. She was able to fly a little and was obviously feeding up to a point.
The other baby was chirping away all the time, but this one was silent, completely.
Although blackbirds are territorial we do seem to get several different families of blackbirds in our garden.. Possibly other gardens dont have the vital supply of water for drinking and bathing and also we feed them daily with various types of food and have shrubs and bushes for cover.
BB is obviously not with mummy and daddy blackbirds as she seems to move around the other side of a tree when the adults arrive. As time has gone on they all seem more tolerant of each other. We are still getting various families, sometimes they are chased off, sometimes allowed to get food or water.
She was so quiet that suddenly you were right by her without realising. I spoke to her and popped some food near her, which she would tuck into. Her favourite of course was mealworms. Each day she would come to meet me, but I didnt want her to become dependant on me. I would move a stone to reveal wormy insects and throw some mealworms on top to encourage her to find insects.
She was all soft and fluffy! Her tummy like a thrush all mottley.