Blackbird, as it rained most of November and December has started the same, infact if the last 4 years are to go by then the rain won’t even begin to slow down now until next May at the earliest, I found it easier last year to just accept it rather than keep hoping tomorrow, next week it could be dry enough to work in the garden, so this month the only wildlife photos I managed to capture are through the window,
Blackbird through the window, when I go into my workroom which has a west facing window over looking the alder garden area, I often see birds hopping around picking at wee morsels, since I have got the grass (almost) cleared under the alders and planted with a variety of mostly wildlife friendly plants, it has become even more popular, and with the trees getting larger there is some shelter for them too, this blackbird was pecking around in the fallen leaves, sorry but I have to repeat that, fallen leaves, you see trees being large enough to produce even this small quantity of leaf litter was unknown here just a couple of years ago, anyway, sorry I digress, the blackbird through the window,
I have cropped into some of the photos and used my very old version of PSE3 to make them a bit clearer, just in case you still cannot make him out or do not know what European blackbird look like, this is a male which is totally black with a bright orange beak, so not easy to see in dark leaves ….
I do not know what he was finding but every now and again he swallowed something, and something very small, not as large as the wee grey slugs that can be found lurking in such places,
then he seemed to get very excited, his little head kept bobbing up and down, I think he had found a nest of something or maybe a load of slug eggs, which also lurk,
when he had had his fill he flew up into the tree, wiping his beak on a branch,
finally hopping off behind the tree out of my sight,
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