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___________________________________________________________________________________ Birds – 142 – Common Blackbirds

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (m)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (m)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (m)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (m)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

 

                                                                                        COMMON BLACKBIRD Turdus merula (f)

 

·         The Common Blackbird Turdus merula is familiar to all as it is often to be encountered in well populated places, for example parks and gardens. These photographs illustrate several aspects of their behaviour. If possible fallen leaves should be left alone in autumn as many of the invertebrates favoured by these birds will be found living underneath the leaf-litter. Earthworms Lumbricus sp, etc. are taken in quantity and their presence helps to improve the quality of the soil as they drag the fallen leaves under the surface so that they will disappear in due course without any need for artificial human intervention and add organic matter and nutrients to the soil. The presence of these food items is the reason why Blackbirds are frequently to be observed turning leaves over. Their presence is part of a healthy, balanced ecosystem – and they will consume ‘garden pests’ too so insecticide or herbicide use should be avoided otherwise users may inadvertently contribute to their early demise. Fruit is also readily taken and during severe cold weather both native and winter migrating Blackbirds will be drawn to the variety of berries produced by trees and shrubs, Rowan Sorbus sp. (see above), Cotoneaster sp. and Pyracantha sp. being particular favourites. The provision of fruit (apples and pears) will always be welcomed but please note that grapes, sultanas or raisins should not be left in public places as they can cause toxicity in certain breeds of dogs and they could potentially cause serious illness if ingested.

 

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