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Has anyone noticed thayt this year there seems to be an explosion of blackbirds? I have seen several at the same time in my garden and when walking the dog have seen lots. Not sure if it was a bumper year for them or whether the youngsters are still hanging around Mum and Dad for longer than usual.
Great to see as I didn't have many last year.


  • steephillsteephill Posts: 2,675
    We have at least half a dozen regulars in the garden. They constantly harass each other to get at the bird food we supply. I now put it out in several locations so they all get a chance.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    Does anyone know why blackbirds are doing well and other thrush populations bombing all over the UK?
  • :( Several Laurel hedgerows near to us have been removed this year ... the number of blackbirds we see has dropped noticeably. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,323
    We saw some babies, but there has been a bit of change around with the resident pair here. Older birds disappearing.
    But yes at least two to three adult pairs getting punchy over food at the moment.
    I keep telling em there is plenty to go round :D
  • We had many in the spring and then in the summer it went very quiet. Now we have many males and females and juveniles all around the garden and orchard.
    Some though can be from mainland Europe which will bring the numbers up.
  • @Fire I'm not sure, I seem to have fewer blackbirds but lots more thrushes this year. I also saw a group of redwing in the wood last weekend, they're new visitors here.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,116
    edited December 2020
    Grew up with song thrushes as common as robins. It feels odd and upsetting that I never see them any more.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224
    I haven't seen many for a while. Just few blackbirds but I assume they've gone elsewhere. We had one with a white tail feather . It was about for a few years, but I believe they're not long lived. I'm hoping that the gap will be filled but  can't tell because they're all the same now.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • There are a lot more coming to the garden now,than there were the last 2 winters. They are tucking in to the Pyracantha berries,and picking up bits under the feeders.
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970
    We have just the odd blackbird in the garden, used to have lots before a new estate was developed in the fields behind us, we are blaming the estate for the loss, but the ones we do get are descendants of a female that nested in the garden a few years ago, she had a pale to white breast, these birds have a pale breast, have many tits and finches, a resident robin, wren, stock doves and collard doves, starlings have arrived.
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