In my post about the bird tables in our garden I mentioned that a male blackbird with an injured leg was a regular visitor to one of our bird tables. We first noticed him sitting there looking very sorry for himself. At this time we didn't expect that he would survive and guessed his leg was newly injured.
The bird table is covered by a roof and close to the house in a sheltered spot and there the blackbird stayed all day and most of the time in the following few days. When Martyn went out to put food onto the bird table he would just hop onto the nearby fence and return as soon as Martyn's back was turned. To our delight he improved and seemed to have learned how to manage on one leg.
He could manage to flutter to the nearest bird bath to drink and bathe.
He started to venture away from the bird table but each morning he would be there waiting for his breakfast of buggy nibbles, not even moving when the curtains were drawn back. He would just sit looking back in at us as if to ask, What's keeping you?"
When food was taken out he would just hop off the table and be straight back on as soon as he could. He's still a regular visitor - Martyn took these shots today as he made use of one of our bird baths.
He still can't use his bad leg but seems to manage with just the one good leg. One thing for sure is that he can be confident that we will keep him supplied over winter.