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Image Taken on 02 Aug 2012 at 05:52    Image of day on 18 Sep 2012

This appears to be a juvenile Blackbird (left) begging food from Mother


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Image Taken on 21 Jan 2013 at 14:01    Image of day on 22 Feb 2013

Montage of female (left) and male blackbirds 20 minutes apart.


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Image Taken on 18 May 2017 at 11:54    Image of day on 09 Jul 2017

The female Blackbird was really enjoying a bath in the fresh rainwater collected in this huge pot-plant saucer. Her head is twisted to her right so the beak points upwards to the left.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

On the grass border outside our patch this blackbird was hunting in the soft mud under the grass, moving about in the characteristic 'kangaroo like' bounding motion they use. This was photographed at about 7 fps.


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

A few frames on, the bird is in mid-leap with an unusually good view of the claws


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Image Taken on 13 Mar 2017 at 11:07    Image of day on 22 Apr 2017

Finally she made for a hole in the hedge back through into our patch, and 'vanished'.


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Image Taken on 30 Apr 2013 at 12:52    Image of day on 09 Jun 2013

We really are not sure where this female blackbird found this soggy mess, but it was probably at an edge of the main pond. It will undoubtedly become some binding material for her nest.


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Image Taken on 28 Mar 2018 at 17:59    Image of day on 02 May 2018

The Blackbird's nest is much smaller than a Rooks, and needs 'lighter' lining. Here the Blackbird spent several minutes collecting an ever increasing amount of dead grass before, to our surprise, not flying off with it, but just walking through the bottom of the nearby hedge.


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Image Taken on 28 Mar 2018 at 18:00    Image of day on 02 May 2018

A head-on view the beakful forming a somewhat untidy but otherwise impressive 'handlebar moustache'


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Image Taken on 20 Apr 2017 at 09:26    Image of day on 14 Jun 2017

This female Blackbird regularly feeds on an overgrown gravel path outside the study patio doors. But here she is clearing some of last years dead grass, undoubtedly to make the nest a bit more comfortable.


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Image Taken on 08 May 2016 at 05:15    Image of day on 16 Jun 2016

A female Blackbird with what looks like dried grass stems she needs to make that nest a bit softer and warmer. We saw near identical behaviour 24 hours later at the same place.


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Image Taken on 02 Apr 2017 at 06:36    Image of day on 23 May 2017

A female Blackbird collecting material for her nest.


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Image of day on 24 Mar 2005

We strew some cut grass around the camera sites in the hope of 'seeing' birds collecting it. Well it is disappearing but this female blackbird is the first usable image of a bird taking some.


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Image Taken on 07 Jul 2011 at 05:57    Image of day on 14 Aug 2011

Not good Spring for the blackbirds though - we have eyeballed only a couple youngsters over the whole site. This female is obviously busy on a new nest - caught twice in 90 minutes at the same site carrying maximised beakfuls of materials.


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Image Taken on 18 Feb 2008 at 15:45    Image of day on 19 Mar 2008

Blackbird female collecting nesting material. No sign of the male helping, which doesn't mean he isn't collecting elsewhere.


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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2015 at 12:22    Image of day on 21 May 2015

Wattle and Daub, Blackbird style.
This female Blackbird & her mate are making a nest in Ivy just outside the living room window. Most of the material is collect from the edge of the pond 10 metres or so away - a mix of dry vegetation and mud to cement the nest together.
This first load seems to be pure mud from the pond margin.


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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2015 at 14:07    Image of day on 21 May 2015

The female Blackbird's next load is about as much dry grass as she can cram into her beak.


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Image Taken on 04 Apr 2015 at 15:16    Image of day on 21 May 2015

The female Blackbird seems to have collected a mix of dry grass & sodden weeds from the edge of the pond.


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Image Taken on 03 Feb 2014 at 16:08    Image of day on 19 Mar 2014

BBC 'Winterwatch' seems to think birds don't like apple!
But they put out typical barely-ripe pristine apples as bait. What the birds want is the soft old stuff humans don't like!


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Image Taken on 04 Feb 2014 at 08:56    Image of day on 19 Mar 2014

Another day - another windfall apple - you can see the multiple pecking this one has received.


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