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JohnD



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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2011 9:07 am    Post subject: Breeding blackbirds Reply with quote

We have a pair of normal blackbirds which I consider resident> They feed on the lawn and use the water tray regularly. Recently the male has been gathering mouthfuls of nest fodder (worms))...but so far they have not introduced us to their offspring...both adult birds were down this morning. No idea where our nest is.
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Kit



Joined: 25 Sep 2005
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Location: Nottingham

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awww, lovely I'm really glad to hear he and his family are doing so well. Very Happy Usually you just don't know whether your 'regulars' really are the same birds coming back, so it's great to have one with unusual markings.

Edit: John, when I logged in to this topic I couldn't see your post I was replying to the previous message! Glad your blackbirds are doing well too.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't seen the old guy for weeks now, I think he may have had it, shame! Sad
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Kit



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PostPosted: Sun Dec 04, 2011 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a shame! You'd think they'd be blooming, with the mild autumn we've had and the huge berry crop. Still, I suppose if he was really old in blackbird years he may just have come to the end of his time. Crying or Very sad
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minijoan



Joined: 06 Mar 2011
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Location: Northampton

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 2011 9:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a shame, but don't give up hope he may be back.

We usually have at least 6 blackbirds feeding in our garden, we also had a very good year for fledglings, I think they must had several broods, as during the summmer months I could hear the chicks calling to the parents, but we haven't had a single blackbird feed in our garden since August.

Where have they gone? the other birds are back, green finches, chaffinches, gold finch, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tits, bull finches, all feeding from the hanging sun flower heart feeder. I have been putting out my ground feeder, which other years they have loved, it is being ate by the collard doves and pigeons - but no blackbirds.

Joan Crying or Very sad
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Scribe



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....he's back! Turned up this morning....also have spotted a juvenile blackbird with a white tail, looks like some of his brood of this year survived also..... Razz Razz Razz
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Kit



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that's fantastic! He was just away stuffing his face on all the berries the mild autumn produced, after all. Great that it looks as if he had a family this year too. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, I think he came back as soon as the snow arrived!
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starseven



Joined: 16 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kit wrote:
That's an extraordinary picture, Alan, I've never seen a blackbird with so much white before!


take a look at this post I've just read: http://forum.biggonline.co.uk/viewtopic.php?t=7419

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised Smile
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Kit



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, I'd forgotten about that! He was really beautiful, wasn't he.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well he has reappeared again, looking fine in breeding plumage! This means he is now coming up to 4 years old.......lasted well for something that stands out like a sore thumb......except in snow! Laughing
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JohnD



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PostPosted: Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:34 pm    Post subject: Pied blackbrd Reply with quote

http://www.flickr.com/photos/semma3/7112746923/

Just found this picture amongst my contacts on Flickr
Thought you might all be interested to see it.

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BCBIRDER



Joined: 04 May 2012
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi I am new to the forum but would like to say I have seen a Lustic Blackbird at my local zoo and managed to take a photograph its on my flickr page here I hope is the link

http://www.flickr.com/photos/1963adrian/6864414224/in/photostream

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Scribe



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2012 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scribe wrote:
Well he has reappeared again, looking fine in breeding plumage! This means he is now coming up to 4 years old.......lasted well for something that stands out like a sore thumb......except in snow! Laughing


Now the beginning of September and I have not seen the old guy for a couple of months now.....maybe the poor old guy has finally met his end, I shall miss him! Crying or Very sad

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