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'Chalky' is the nickname given to a male Blackbird visitor to our garden so named because of a white tail feather. http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/244114
His story is interesting in that during the winter of 2009/10 he appeared in the garden with a damaged foot. Blood was left on the ground where we first saw him. A vet friend said he had probably suffered frost bite. The foot eventually healed but was curled up fist like.
His condition was poor, but we reserved an area for him in the garden, under a red robin shrub that he was using as a roost. We put out fruit, sunflower hearts and boiled rice where he could eat undisturbed.
He pulled through that winter and despite his still quite poor condition, mated and the pair had 3 broods that we were aware of. The offspring were brought into the garden to feed on his boiled rice and fruit that we continued to supply.
The winter 2010/11 was spent in the red robin sheltering from the harsh conditions his mate being the only bird his size and under allowed anywhere near his feeding area, Wood pigeons however were not tackled and stole some of his supplies.
The pair again had broods in 2010, but we were not sure how many.
This winter 2011/12 he hass so far had it easier, plenty of berries and fruit on trees and shrubs in surrounding gardens, so our services have not been called on quite as much. He is now in prime condition having improved enormously and he dominates the area driving off all territorial contenders.