Blackbird chicks nest in bookcase at Brighouse garden centre

A family of blackbirds has taken residence in an unusual spot at Kershaw?s Garden Centre, Brighouse.

The birds have made a nest behind a plant pot in a bookcase at the entrance to the shop.

Several eggs have hatched and the parent birds can regularly be seen feeding the chicks.

Manager Liz Kenny said: ?We have had?many birds nesting?in and around the plants.

?But this is the first time that the eggs have hatched, especially in a noisy place where doors are opening and closing.?

The little flock made a pleasant addition to a visit by St Joseph?s School, Brighouse, who?visited the nest?and planted sunflowers for a tall plant growing contest.

Kershaw?s celebrates its 150th anniversary with a party on the weekend of August 2 and 3, with special offers, party games, stalls and donkey rides.

All proceeds go to?Overgate Hospice, Elland.

A bit about blackbirds

Blackbirds belong to the ?turdus? family.

They are ?true thrushes? and related to other thrushes.

Blackbirds are omnivorous feeding on insects, earthworms, berries, and fruits.

A native of Europe, Asia and North Africa, the blackbird has been introduced to Australia where it is considered a pest despite its mellifluous song.

Until the 17th century the species was known as the ?ouzel? or ?wosel?. The bird is mentioned in Shakespeare?s A Midsummer Night?s Dream: ?The Woosell cocke, so blacke of hew, with orenge-tawny bill.?

Common blackbirds live for an average of 2.4 years, although the oldest known example lived for 21 years, 10 months.

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