This happened in my garden yesterday (not on the Slea) but thought it interesting as I have never seen behavious like this before with a Blackbird…. I have had Mr & Mrs Blackbird in my garden for sometime, I also have a ‘single’ female Blackbird (I will call her Ms) visit which is normally chased away. I am unsure if Ms has lost a mate or not had one this year, but yesterday she came to my feeder and I heard and then saw a Blackbird chick on the fence, she went and fed it so initially I thought it was hers. Mr & Mrs then came and I know they have chicks, I really worried that Mr & Mrs would attack the chick on the fence as I thought it was Ms. Anyway Mrs then went and fed the chick and Ms flew away.
This is all guess work, but what I believe happened is that the chick is actually the chick of Mr & Mrs, but Ms probably has hormones that tell her she should be raising a family, but she has no mate, so she feeds any other Blackbird chick she finds. Total guess but it seems to fit the circumstances and something I have never seen before 🙂
Blackbird chick being fed in my garden a couple of years ago…