Saturday, 5 January 2008

Turdus merula

Innocence - Who Me??

Mrs Blackbird Turdus merula
The female 'blackbirds' aren't even black!
They're brown so they can hide in their nests!
These introduced birds are becoming pests in vineyards and orchards.



Caught in the act!

Each year the blackbirds feast on the Mulberry tree.
I don't really mind as it's a huge old tree,
much too large to net
and there are plenty of mulberries for all of us.
At least while these birds are feasting on the mulberries
they leave the other fruit trees alone.
Now if only I could get the wattlebirds to prefer mulberries to peaches.

The Evidence is on the beak!

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