The second brood of blackbird fledglings left the nest in the garden today. I’ve noticed that they seem to like the gravel, and bed themselves down into it as if they are still in the nest, then sit with their beaks open hoping for food.
Being as fledglings are flightless at first, they are either just sitting or hopping around. Within a week they will have learned to fly. It’s then that they will begin to experiment with foods, learning by trial and error what is edible. As their skills and confidence grow, they will begin to explore their surroundings more widely, and will become independent three weeks after leaving the nest.
But for now we're really enjoying having them around.