When I came down stairs to breakfast this morning there was a black hunched shape on the front which was completely still. I grabbed the binos and the shape was the back view of a Blackbird. My first thought was that it had been hit by a car on the road that runs past the chateau and it was brown bread.
I decided to have brekky before dealing with the corpse and while I did so another B/bird arrived on the front lawn and was trying to incite what I thought was a dead bird into a fight. My "dead" bird suddenly found some life and tried to react to the provocation. I then shooed the stroppy bird away and went for a proper look. He was in a poor state having lost feathers and his right eye was closed. I managed to check his wings and there seemed to be no breaks but despite his efforts he could not make any real attempt at escaping. I resolved to leave him in situ and take some food out and wait to see if there was any improvement. Over the next few hours he looked to be perking up alittle and then the stroppy bird returned still looking for a fight and my bird suddenly tried to fly away but only succeeded on getting on top of my front garden wall. I returned to the garden and crept up on his blind side and returned him to the safety of my garden. As the day has progressed s has he and at one point this afternoon I saw him hopping across the drive to another point of seclusion where he has remained until about ten minutes ago. He is now sat on the fence between myself and next door still looking a little bewildered but a whole lot better than at 8 o'clock this morning.