Daily Archives: February 17, 2009

White tail feathered blackbird – first time I saw it

It is about January 2008  that I first saw the white feathered blackbird.  It made a striking appearance at my birdtable.

Blackbirds are regular feeders in my garden.  They make themselves at home feeding on the lawn sometimes and from the birdtables.  They flit between hedge, bush, birdtable, ground feeder and lawn, all the time finding bird food.

It is their shiny feathers that make blackbirds easy to recognise so I remember being surprised when I saw a blackbird with one large white tail feather fly into the garden and land on the fence.

It seems one name to call this is ‘albino blackbird’.

I kept seeing this blackbird and it was nice to be able to recognise one bird among the many that visit.

Because he stood out from the blackbird crowd I recognised him and found myself looking for him among the other ordinary blackbirds.

I still keep seeing this blackbird and wonder how long he will manage to survive.  This is why I’ve started a White Feathered Blackbird Section. 

POSSIBLE REASONS FOR BLACKBIRDS WITH WHITE FEATHERS

For the blackbirds I put out grated cheese and sometimes chopped apple and some ground food mix.

Crows Flocking

Just been doing some early morning bird feeding and I’ve seen something I have never seen before.

I heard it first, something I’ve heard every day for ages.  The sound of crows or rooks overhead.  Their sound was so loud it is still ring ing in my ears.

But this morning it was different.  I could see a group of crows circling in the air just above me.  They were interweaving with each other with such skill.

Then above me and to the left another group of crows / rooks flew towards the group above my head.

Two groups of rooks / crows flocked together.  The sound and sight was amazing. 

It was as though it had been pre arranged and they were meeting up for early breakfast.  I watched and listened to them all circling above me.  Their movements were so graceful in the sky.

They flew off towards the east and I suppose they spend the day in search of food.

Everything was so quiet apart from the normal birds chattering.  

I tried to record it and will see if I can get it onto here as soon as I can.