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Blackbird, black bill, eating Hawthorne berries

Observed: 29th October 2012 By: Simon WalkerSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in BirdsSimon Walker’s reputation in Birds
Blackbird, black bill, eating Hawthorne berries, Little Paxton, 2012-10-29 003
Blackbird, black bill, eating Hawthorne berries, Little Paxton, 2012-10-29 004
Description:

Dark bill - presumably a male from this year's brood.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Species with which Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts

Comments

ophrys's picture

Male

Yes, one of this year's males. The breast feathers with pale edges, giving a slight scaly effect (visible in first picture), are often said to be signs of a continental bird. They have been pouring in to the East coast, this last week, so it could well be from the Low Countries or similar.

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Ray Turner's picture

Numbers

Started doing the BTO’s Winter Thrushes Survey recently and although I haven’t seen much of anything other than blackbirds yet in my SW corner of London it has been interesting to see the numbers of the afore mentioned ramping up over the past couple of weeks.

Neither is it surprising to see one on Hawthorn; every feeding bird I have entered into the dataset so far has been on C monogyna.

Ray

Ray