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Blackbird scoffing tadpoles

Observed: 21st April 2010 By: JohnC

We have a wildlife pond 11 by 6 feet and there are plenty of small tadpoles at present. A male blackbird has acquired the habit of standing on plants where the pond is shallow and the tadpoles collect, and eating a fair number of tadpoles. It comes back for more some time later. We have had the pond for 16 years and never had this occurence until now.

Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Blackbird interacts


Jonathan's picture

Interesting. I will look out

Interesting. I will look out for this at my pond.

University of Edinburgh and Biodiversity Observatory (OU)

tootsietim's picture

My father reported something

My father reported something similar a few years back. The tadpoles in the main pond appeared to be succumbing to the fish so he moved them into a shallow pool on the rockery only to have the blackbirds take them instead.

anonymous spotter's picture

Blackbirds fishing

We have one or two that do this in our garden pond.