Bird's Eye View of Bute

Blackbirds

(1)  Blackbird. Male
(1) Blackbird. Male
(2)  BlackbirdMale.
(2) BlackbirdMale.
(3) Blackbird Male
(3) Blackbird Male
(4) Blackbird Male
(4) Blackbird Male
(5) Newly Fleged
(5) Newly Fleged
(6) Blackbird Immature
(6) Blackbird Immature
(7) Blackbird .Female
(7) Blackbird .Female
(7) Blackbird Male
(7) Blackbird Male
(8) Blackbird Male
(8) Blackbird Male

 

 

A Birds Eye View of Bute.

 

The Blackbird, a bird that we know all too well as it runs around our gardens in search for worms, if the ground is soft enough, or anything else that takes
it's fancy, like berries or ripe fruit in the Wintertime.


A bird that is mainly resident here, but some of them head for Ireland for the winter, which I am amazed that they do as I would not think that it is any milder there than here.

Turdus : Common Blackbird .Turdus Merula: Blackbird

They seem to, as they feed to be listening out for worms that are underground, but I am sure that worms are quiet wee things, and the reason that the Blackbirds are cocking their heads is to see, as the way that their eyes are placed that they cannot look straight down in front of them. It is funny watching one trying to extract a large worm from the ground. It is a slow process, as if it pulls too hard it will only get a small piece, and if it takes it's time it will be rewarded with a full length meal.

The male all black with yellow bill and eye ring, and the female, browner with subdued speckling on the breast, varying from rufous brown to grey. In the first winter the males retain their dark brown wing feathers which distinguishes them from older birds.
Come winter, we have a great deal of Continental birds arriving, and they seem to be in harmony with our own ones that decided to winter it out here, with very few, if any fights, until it comes near to the breeding times.
Nesting times, where to look. Dense undergrowth, a little way up a tree, in hedges and sometimes in buildings.. The nest built with moss and mud and lined with grass.
The voice, a lovely fluty song and a rattling alarm call

Norrie Mulholland

First Published in the Buteman 2009

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