On Dec 6, 2012, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:
The Blackbird, which was introduced to New Zealand in the 1860's, lives in gardens, orchards, scrub and native forest, usually close to cover. The nest - normally built by the female alone, and taking about eight days to build - is a cup-like structure of twigs, moss, dry grass and roots, bound together with mud and humus, and lined with dry grass and leaves. Two or three bluish green and brown blotched eggs are laid between late August and late December. Incubation - usually by the female alone - begins before all eggs are laid, and takes 13 or 14 days. Both parents feed the young which leave the nest about 14 days after hatching. Between 14 and 30 per cent of eggs survive to become fledged young. The Blackbird eats a wide variety of wild and cultivated fruits. In its search for insects... read more
On Apr 25, 2015, pmmGarak from Göppingen
Blackbirds are quite common in Europe, and even though the males are among our most talented singers they are more than just a nuisance to gardeners.
They are greedily devouring any fruit that even starts to turn bluish - it's virtually impossible to harvest Aronia berries without a net. Even more annoying is their habit to stir up any freshly prepared soil when hunting worms - they are feared for pulling newly planted seedlings of any kind, sometimes throwing peat-pots as far as 1 meter in their frenzy.
Studies show that the once shy forest bird has now widely adapted to big city life. city dwellers start their chant hours before their forest cousins wake up, and do so at increased volume to fight the city noise. As Blackbirds feature highly individualized m... read more