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Blackbird (fledgling)
07-MAY-2006 Gary Martin

Blackbird (fledgling)

Llanelli, Wales

Turdus merula
AKA: Common blackbird
The males live up to their name but, confusingly, females are brown often with spots and streaks on their breasts. The bright orange-yellow beak and eye-ring make adult male blackbirds one of the most striking garden birds. One of the commonest UK birds, its mellow song is also a favourite. (Info from

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1/400s f/7.1 at 400.0mm iso200 full exif

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Guest 07-Mar-2016 17:33
I keep seeing what appears to be a juvenile Blackbird at a place called Watts Meadow in Rochester, Kent. This bird confuses me as it has a broad white band running horizontally across the base of it's body, just above the tail. Is this usual? Also, it looks much larger and more unkempt than the average Blackbird. I have recently moved to Kent from the north of England so the new array of wildlife here is largely a mystery to me.