We have been on RED ALERT here at Straker Towers - I noticed a chirping behind the fishing shed and soon realised a Blackbird had made an impressive nest in a quiet and cosy space. Three to four young were about to leave the nest and the Corvids were circling. These opportunists would pick off the young at any given moment so a barricade was put up at the one end.
This did not stop them on their first forays out of the nest - a terrible commotion as Border Terriers aka the border patrol were watching the Ravens, Rooks and Crows decided enough was enough - this is our manor so enter at your peril. There is a slightly charged atmosphere.
No casualties as yet, I hope. But of course the two BT's are now aware of the comings and goings behind the shed and are patrolling here as well - it's hard work keeping the peace. Especially as Mr & Mrs Blackbird appear to be thinking about brood number two already. I'll keep you posted.