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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

garden birding and elsewhere

A single ad. robin (Erithacus rubecula) in the garden this morning. The first of the autumn. ♂ and ♀ blackbird (Turdus merula) also present, although lacking bins at the time I could not confirm if this was the local breeding pair returning after several weeks absence or completely different birds?

On the work patch I was surprised to see a fledgling blackbird, standing stock still on the pavement with its back against a very high garden wall. Having passed it twice in half an hour in the same exposed situation - I broke all the rules and lifted the bird back up onto the high wall where it could receive some cover from over-hanging foliage.  It settled well and later I could hear it responding to an ad. bird calling from further up the street.

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