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Birds - Blackbird Page 3

Image of day on 25 Jan 2005

This blackbird and her mate are regular visitors and love to eat apple peelings (along with just about every other creature)

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2017 at 08:47    Image of day on 21 Sep 2017

The patch of land that spent a few years under a rotting heap of straw bales is providing a good hunting ground for many species. You can't 'sneak up' on the patch, so only human-tolerant birds get their pics taken there. Here one of the female Blackbirds gave us a suspicious look and then carried on probing the loose soil. We see her many days that we walk by this patch on the track perhaps 20m away.

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Image Taken on 10 Aug 2011 at 20:33    Image of day on 22 Sep 2011

Couldn't resist this elegant if aggressive female blackbird. Whatever was to the right was out of frame.

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Image Taken on 04 Jun 2017 at 14:42    Image of day on 31 Jul 2017

A female Blackbird decorating, or being decorated by, Buttercups and Clover.

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Image of day on 07 Feb 2005

Hen Blackbird just taken off from the log feeding area.

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Image Taken on 11 May 2015 at 18:23    Image of day on 10 Jul 2015

A female blackbird makes an elegant landing, raising the tail a second or so after touchdown.

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Image of day on 08 Jan 2006

By chance the next batch of photos caught the (probably the same) Female Blackbird landing at the same site (4 days and 142 frames later in real time - hurray for digital cameras rather than a roll of film a day).

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Image Taken on 03 Jan 2010 at 10:36    Image of day on 11 Feb 2010

The strained pulp from making blackberry jelly (from frozen blackberries stored raw in the freezer is a big hit with the animals in cold weather.

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Image Taken on 05 Dec 2012 at 10:30    Image of day on 30 Dec 2012

A very nice female blackbird surrounded by the dregs of the minor snowfall.

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Image Taken on 09 Feb 2006 at 17:25    Image of day on 17 Feb 2006

Blackbird female standing on one leg on the much photographed log.

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Image Taken on 11 Jan 2019 at 12:33    Image of day on 13 Feb 2019

A patch of loose soil (where the collapsing straw bales spent some years rotting) is a regular hunting patch for this female Blackbird.
Here she kept still long enough here for a little portrait.

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Image Taken on 09 Apr 2011 at 07:34    Image of day on 12 May 2011

... hidden in Ivy high on a South facing wall.

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Image Taken on 15 Mar 2013 at 11:23    Image of day on 19 Apr 2013

Female and male Blackbirds identically cropped in images taken near midday on consecutive days. This is the female.

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Image of day on 01 Jan 2006

We believe this is the mate of yesterdays male blackbird - evening of the same day at the same site after the food was topped up.

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Image Taken on 08 Feb 2015 at 14:51    Image of day on 17 Mar 2015

This female Blackbird posing nicely. We think she is the female of the Winter Migrants, where the males have Black beaks.

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Image Taken on 14 Feb 2008 at 07:27    Image of day on 13 Mar 2008

A female blackbird having a good peck at the log. Her beak is open and her orange tongue is visible. There is nothing wrong with her eye - it's covered by the protective membrane (a sort of third eyelid) that birds have. In other shots it is clear.

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Image Taken on 26 Jan 2017 at 12:20    Image of day on 05 Mar 2017

Molehills are well used by the local bird populations as loose soil to explore for food. Here is a female Blackbird picking out corn grain scattered a few minutes before.

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Image Taken on 02 Jan 2019 at 14:57    Image of day on 10 Feb 2019

Birds don't have 'expressions', but this female Blackbird looks pretty pleased to have found a sultana.

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Image Taken on 06 Aug 2017 at 08:49    Image of day on 21 Sep 2017

Successive frames at 7 fps show the withdrawal of the beak from another probing, bringing up a splash of fragments of soil beneath her beak.

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Image Taken on 22 Feb 2018 at 09:53    Image of day on 29 Mar 2018

Worms are very stretchy - you can see that this one has been pulled taut as this female Blackbird collects her mid-morning meal. Ugh!

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