Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Species
Blackbird (Turdus merula). Male. Taken Abingdon, Oxon., on February 1st 2019.
Male. Taken Abingdon, Oxon., on February 1st 2019.
(1/100th sec at f8. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)
Blackbird (Turdus merula). Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on January 30th 2018.
Female. Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on January 30th 2018.
(1/400th sec at f10. Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)
Blackbird (Turdus merula). Juvenile. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on April 4th 2008.
Juvenile. Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on April 4th 2008.
(Click image for a larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L:23.5 - 29 cm

Male Blackbirds live up to their name but the females are mostly 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.

Blackbirds can be found throughout the British Isles.

They breed in woodlands, parks and gardens. Usually two or three broods are raised each year.

Blackbirds hold territories from late autumn to the end of the breeding season, which are vigourously defended against intruders.

There are about 5 million breeding pairs in Britain. The winter population may rise to 15 million birds.

Sightings

12-Aug-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
02-Aug-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
18-Jun-2019 : Abingdon, Oxon (2)
09-Jun-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
19-May-2019 : Uig, Skye (1)
11-May-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
07-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
05-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
04-May-2019 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (2)
03-May-2019 : Elan Valley, Powys (2)
02-May-2019 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (4)
01-May-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Apr-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
29-Apr-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1juv)
29-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
28-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
26-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
19-Apr-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
18-Apr-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
15-Apr-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
15-Apr-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (1)
13-Apr-2019 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
10-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
07-Apr-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
31-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
28-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
25-Mar-2019 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (2)
23-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
17-Mar-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Mar-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
05-Mar-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
27-Feb-2019 : East Hendred Down, Oxon
23-Feb-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
17-Feb-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
14-Feb-2019 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
11-Feb-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
09-Feb-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
01-Feb-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (6+)
27-Jan-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)
23-Jan-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (c.10)
20-Jan-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (8)
20-Jan-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (6)
19-Jan-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (9)
17-Jan-2019 : Slimbridge, Glos (3)
13-Jan-2019 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (3)
09-Jan-2019 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
08-Jan-2019 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
03-Jan-2019 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
02-Jan-2019 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
02-Jan-2019 : Eynsham, Oxon (1)
01-Jan-2019 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)

31-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Dec-2018 : Blewbury Downs, Oxon (2)
20-Dec-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (6)
16-Dec-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (4)
16-Dec-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)
09-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (3)
22-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
12-Nov-2018 : Extremadura, Spain
31-Oct-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
30-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
13-Sep-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
30-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
25-Aug-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
16-Aug-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
20-Jul-2018 : Vercors Natural Park, France
26-Jun-2018 : Leighton Moss, Lancashire (1)
25-Jun-2018 : Eskdale, Cumbria (1)
18-Jun-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
15-Jun-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
09-Jun-2018 : Titchwell Marsh, Norfolk (1)
08-Jun-2018 : Barnwell Country Park, Northants (1)
03-Jun-2018 : Bentley Wood, Wilts (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
02-Jun-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (1)
27-May-2018 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (1)
26-May-2018 : The Holies, Berks (h)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
18-May-2018 : Barton Fields, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
17-May-2018 : Sandford Brake, Oxon (1)
15-May-2018 : Cholsey Marsh, Oxon (2)
11-May-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
07-May-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
05-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (2)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (2)
04-May-2018 : Elan Valley, Powys (1)
04-May-2018 : Cors y Llyn NNR, Powys (1)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (1)
28-Apr-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (4)
25-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
22-Apr-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (h)
21-Apr-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
19-Apr-2018 : Aston Upthorpe Downs, Oxon (1)
17-Apr-2018 : South Hinksey, Oxon (3)
16-Apr-2018 : Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon (1)
03-Apr-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (1)
01-Apr-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
29-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
26-Mar-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
25-Mar-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
06-Mar-2018 : Baulking, Oxon (2)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)
23-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (5)
17-Feb-2018 : Chalfont Park, Oxon (2)
15-Feb-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4+)
12-Feb-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (2)
12-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (5)
06-Feb-2018 : Bagley Wood, Oxon (2)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
04-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (4)
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
28-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2)
25-Jan-2018 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
17-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
15-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon
06-Jan-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
04-Jan-2018 : Ardington, Oxon (3)
03-Jan-2018 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
01-Jan-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Dec-2017 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
16-Dec-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
10-Dec-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (2)
13-Nov-2017 : Highmoor, Oxon
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (2)
22-Jul-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
05-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
21-Jan-2017 : Standlake Common, Oxon
05-Jan-2017 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (20+)
01-Jan-2017 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2+)

31-Dec-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (4+)
28-Dec-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon
11-Dec-2016 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon
18-Jun-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (4)
17-Apr-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1juv)
31-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
23-Jan-2016 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
16-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
01-Jan-2016 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)

08-Nov-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
23-Jul-2015 : Melnik, Bulgaria
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
18-Mar-2015 : University Parks, Oxford, Oxon (2)
08-Feb-2015 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (4+)
08-Feb-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
01-Feb-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2+)
17-Jan-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (3)
17-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon
11-Jan-2015 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (2)
11-Jan-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon
02-Jan-2015 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (3)
02-Jan-2015 : Radley Lakes, Oxon (3+)