.... or the silver lining in bad weather: When we can't use our terrace due to the bad weather (I kept complaining about it!), Mama Blackbird saw her chance and built a nest right in the shelf next to our terrace. She didn't expect us to come claiming the space in sunshine weather. And once we did notice her there we "closed" the front garden, so to speak, to let her continue her efforts breeding in peace.
And the reward were enourmous. In all my years on this earth I have never seen birds breeding live and now bird watching is my greatest hobby. Every morning I check on the nest first thing - hoping all babies are still alive and kicking, knowing that there are quite a few predators around, even in our garden. Check out my pictures of the growing family here