Saturday, 28 November 2009

The sitting blackbird

Given my blogging name, and my liking for the bird, I have been trying to get a half decent blackbird shot for a while. Blackbirds display a milder version of the 'berry tree guarding behaviour' I described in my previous post for the Mistle Thrush. The just sit on their chosen bush - cotoneaster or rowans being favourites - and chase away other blackbirds that come their way, but basically, they just spend a long time doing just that, sitting. A couple of years ago I witnessed the squirmishes between the sitting male and the determined female that kept skulking in the bush to feed. This was my chance, and Blackbird got the Blackbird.

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