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Blackbird Feeding on Fatballs

Observed: 7th April 2013 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
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Not that I'm suggesting Blackbirds don't like fat balls; but I rarely, if ever, see them on my feeder.

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Species interactions

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Species with which Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) interacts

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coloursofmemory's picture

Blackbirds and fatballs

I was delighted to see this picture. We hand raised 2 blackbirds last year (1 male, 1 female) and they started using the fat peckers once released, and now other blackbirds in our garden have copied them. In really cold weather we see them sitting in the apple trees, taking turns on the fat pecker. They are now confident enough to hang upside down on the pecker, like the blue tits, though it looks quite incongruous for a blackbird!

coloursofmemory's picture

Blackbirds and fatballs

I was delighted to see this picture. We hand raised 2 blackbirds last year (1 male, 1 female) and they started using the fat peckers once released, and now other blackbirds in our garden have copied them. In really cold weather we see them sitting in the apple trees, taking turns on the fat pecker. They are now confident enough to hang upside down on the pecker, like the blue tits, though it looks quite incongruous for a blackbird!

Jeff Rothwell's picture

Blackbirds and Fatballs

Hi Simon. Very interesting observation, I have had a female blackbird which pecks at the fatballs whilst precariously hanging from the basket and then landing on the ground to eat what has dropped down. There is now a male doing the same thing and if you believe what is said about blackbirds it is probably the local population that has learned how to do the same thing rather than just two individuals.