|Male with worm|
In the garden, I counted 11 Blackbirds patrolling the open lawned area, in all about an acre for them to hunt over. A quick check revealed that 10 of those birds were males and they kept a discreet distance form each other as they moved over the damp surface. Worms are easy to locate, being close to the surface after all the rain: so, at least one species is benefitting from the damp conditions!
We have had enquiries from members of the public wondering where the female Blackbirds have disappeared to? The chances are that most of the female Blackbirds are sitting on eggs, a second brood at this stage of the season. Brooding the eggs is carried out by females alone, though once hatched the young are fed by both parents.
|Brown female contrasts with sharp black plumage and yellow beak of male|