Blackbird & House Sparrows (Turdus merula & Passer domesticus), Garden, Hemel Hempstead, Herts, 05/08/2012. On a sunny August afternoon, the sparrows and this young blackbird were going back and forth between the bench and the bird bath. After a good splash about, they would come and dry off and soak up the sun, lying on the bench. It was a delight to watch. Eventually, one of the two garden Wrens came to join them.