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Grumpy blackbirds

Not many birds on the feeders this morning and those which did come were somewhat bullied by a grumpy male blackbird chasing them all off. Pity he didn’t pick on the squirrel who was cleaning out the food whilst Mr Blackbird was policing the area...

Talking of blackbirds, there was an interesting article by Dominic Couzens in the April issue of Birdwatching magazine describing evidence that blackbirds use acoustic (possibly ultrasonic?) clues rather than visual ones whilst worming. This study apparently involved some birds being blindfolded and/or exposed to white noise.

Which begs the question…how on earth does one blindfold a blackbird?

Meanwhile up on Saunder Height the meadow pipits were out in force.