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I would welcome some thoughts and advice on this problem. Last year, and again this year a blackbird has laid a clutch of obviously sterile eggs in her nest in the stable, which also homes about 8 swallow nests at various stages.
After sitting unsuccessfully for a long time, she has now taken to frequently sitting on a adjacent nest of swallow nestlings, which means their parents are unable to feed them. Interestingly, I have seen the female blackbird even bring caterpillar food to the stable, but have not observed her attempt to feed the swallow chicks. Upto now, I have been nudging her gently off the swallow nest, hoping she will abandon the stable altogether. I am making frequent visits and getting up early to try and redress this problem ! Any suggestions ? Would removing the blackbird's nest (still intact with the eggs), be likely to encourage or discourage her behaviour ?