A Bold Young Blackbird


Blackbird (Turdus merula) – This beautiful young blackbird visited my pond this afternoon as I was watering the garden, and was so bold it stayed a while and allowed me to get quite close. Good job, too, because I only had my macro lens fitted. The last day of May and the last photos of May with a lovely bold young Blackbird to make you smile.


Blackbird Turdus merula

© Peter Hillman ♦ 31st May 2020 ♦ Rear garden, South Staffordshire ♦ Nikon D7200


22 thoughts on “A Bold Young Blackbird

  1. Beautiful blackbird, Pete. As it turned out, your macro lens was perfect for this portrait. Judging from the Latin name and appearance, your blackbird is more closely related to “my” American Robin (Turdus migratorius) than to the Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) that I am used to seeing. Does your blackbird sing in the dead of night, Pete? I know that mine does not and its singing and calls during the day are not particularly pleasant.

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    • Thank you, Mike. I have not known it to sing during the night, but early morning and during the day it sings so very beautifully. The song always reminds me of my boyhood when my folks had a large elm in the front garden, and each morning at the crack of dawn a Blackbird would sing from the high boughs

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  2. Water is such a draw for birds. I have one small birdbath, made using a plastic pot saucer and a few rocks in the center, where the cardinals (and others, but we have a lot of cardinals) come every day for a bath and drink. I love your photo of that young bird. I’m sure he is grateful for your pond.

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