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A common species of countryside and gardens.


 

Photograph by: 
Peter Orchard

Blackbird: looking for trouble

Post date: Monday, 15 December, 2014 - 00:00

"Looking for trouble? You've found it!"

 

By far the most aggressive bird in our garden is the blackbird (Turdus merula); they are real characters and make garden bird watching fun. We usually have about five of them but if the weather turns cold we can have nine or ten. They seem to spend most of the day trying to protect their food supply from the others. They must use enormous amounts of energy shadowing their opponent, staying between it and their food, having the occasional flutter at each other. They chase round and round the garden, under shrubs and out again, up in to the trees and down again, into the water dish and out again, all energy, all action packed.

 

Being ground feeders they eat almost anything thrown on the ground but prefer fruit to seed. We supply them with fruity nibbles which we buy from the RSPB shop and they have been a great success and, at first light every morning we have a queue outside waiting for them to be put out. To try and avoid arguments we have to scatter them round different parts of the garden.

 

As the days gradually lengthen they will spend the evening on television aerials singing enthusiastically and claiming their breeding territory.

 

Blackbirds are the fourth most common species in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch, their numbers seem to be stable.


 

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Sites List Distribution Map Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Blackbird
Scientific Name Turdus merula
Status very common
Interest Level
1
Species Family Thrushes
Visible
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 04 - April
  • 05 - May
  • 06 - June
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Farmland
  • Hedgerows
  • Gardens and parks
  • Woodland - broadleaf
Look for A totally black bird with a yellow beak
Additional Identification Notes
  • The female is, of course, brown rather than black!
  • Common almost everywhere but not in flocks as they are agrresive towards others of their species
  • Numbers boosted in winter by migrants from Europe