Juvenile blackbird practising nest building?

I left a trailcam recording a blackbird nest after the chicks had fledged, hoping they might return to have a second brood. The parent blackbirds have subsequently set up a new nest elsewhere in the garden for a second brood but I have a few clips of this juvenile blackbird apparently practising repairing/building the abandoned nest it was born in – after these clips it wasn’t recorded at the nest again for the following week and no further use of the nest has occurred so far. I thought this was rather interesting behaviour – it reminded me of a child playing with a doll’s house as though it was practising for when it was grown up! Any thoughts or observations on this behaviour would be welcomed!

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2 thoughts on “Juvenile blackbird practising nest building?

  1. Rachel June 9, 2014 / 10:18 am

    I’ve never noticed this behaviour before, I guess it is practicing like you said, since mum and dad have moved house! Bless it 🙂

    • Grantham Ecology June 11, 2014 / 6:33 pm

      Just goes to show, it’s worth (accidentally) leaving a camera out beyond the time when you think something interesting will happen! I think more practice is needed though 😉

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