I’ve just been over to the Wildlife Area to take a couple of photos of the bat boxes whilst preparing for our next event. I saw this male blackbird (Turdus merula) on the way near to the balancing pond. Female blackbirds are brown, not black and don’t have the orange eye ring. Blackbirds occasionally visit my garden, they like sultanas so I put them out especially but they’re often eaten by other birds before the blackbirds get to them. This male appears to be showing a little albinism with one or two white feathers on its back. Blackbirds can be seen all year round and if you’re lucky heard too.
Take a look at the RSPB site by clicking on the link below for more information (including videos and sound recordings) on one of our nation’s favourite birds: RSPB Blackbird