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Immature Male Blackbird

Observed: 8th February 2012 By: corylus
Isle of Wight Natural History & Archaeological Soc
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Description:

Male Blackbird eating Bramley apple.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts

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Female

This is an adult female. If it was a young male it would look black on much of its body (where it had moulted partly into adult feathers), but there would be a contrast in the wings between the moulted adult, black feathers and some retained, brown juvenile feathers. It has the look of a well-fed old girl!

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Oh Dear

Misled by my book and inexperience.Should her beak be brighter or is she a messy ground prober? Thought she was getting plenty of apple but glad she is doing alright.She might even be the one that raised a brood despite an elderly Sambucus falling over during the process a few years back.I did manage to fling a few juicy fat worms her way.Did I avoid a pun back there??Took this photo through glass Earlier a rather dull tit viewed by eye suddenly became a brightly coloured Great Tit when I zoomed in on it by camera.No sun today

Hazel Trevan

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'Messy ground prober'

Nice turn of phrase! Female blackbirds do differ in their colour...this one is a very dark individual, but is brown, rather than black. Her beak is a bit dark, but about what you'd expect. Whether she is a 'messy ground prober' I would not like to say!

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