Southern hawker dragonflyOctober 20, 2011
CommaOctober 27, 2011
Blackbird is one of our most common garden birds. The male is black but the female is brown and both have a yellow bill and a bright yellow ring around the eyes. They feed mainly on worms and can often be seen on newly mowed lawns with their heads tipped to one side listening for any movement just under the surface. If they hear anything they will lunge their bill into the ground and often can be seen fighting with a long worm trying to pull it from the ground.
Their diet is not limited to worms though, they love some kind of fruit especially apples so don't throw your apple cores in the bin throw it on the lawn. They also eat strawberries, blackberries, and most any red or orange berries you will see on plants like firethorn and honeysuckle. They also love fat, and my bird table always has a chunk of larde on it which attracts not only Blackbirds but lots of other species. Blackbirds start nesting as early as march often before the winters snow has stopped falling. Their nest is built mainly of dried grass stalks and thin twigs in bushes and hedges.
There are usually four eggs which are blue with brown speckles. The chicks leave the nest before they can fly properly and many fall victim to our garden birds worst enemy the pet cat. It is estimated that cats kill several million garden birds each year so if you are a bird lover it is best not to have a cat. If you don't want other peoples cats to kill birds in your garden try to get some kind of cat deterrent. The chicks are speckled brown with dark brown wing feathers.