I saw a/the white-tailed blackbird yesterday at my birdfeeder in Burtonsville, MD. The bird was traveling with a flock of about 50.
I was lucky enough to receive the above comment yesterday from the USA
I haven’t seen my white tailed blackbirds for over a week. When I see them (I’m sure there are two as one looks a bit shabby and the other one looks in its peak) they always seem to be on their own.
This white tailed USA blackbird has been seen in a flock. Interesting
So now we have British, France and 2 areas of the USA who have been in touch.
I find it interesting to follow these blackbirds with white feathers, really because they stand out and I can see how long they have been coming to the garden.
Here are some reasons why birds have some white feathers
Let me know if you have seen any blackbirds with white tail feathers.
Luckily I received this comment yesterday about a white tailed blackbird seen in France
hi there , just to let you know today in our garden we also have a black bird with a white tail, we live in france ,we have quite a large family of blackbirds, but today was quite shocked to see one with a white tail, we live deep in the country, is this a new breed of bird , have a good day
Today I spotted the blackbird with white tail feathers.
I haven’t seen it for ages and thought it had died.
It was on its own at a birdtable in the back garden. Another blackbird came and sent it packing.
Now I think of if, whenever I see this white tailed blackbird it is on its own.
Is the fact that it is ‘different’ to all the other blackbirds making it separate from the other blackbirds.
I only saw it for less than a minute as it was eating from the birdtable, then as I say it was frightened away.
At least I know it is about. It’s interesting being able to keep track of one bird.
At one point a month or two ago I saw two blackbirds with white tail feathers. One of the birds was thin, bedraggled and the tail feathers were faint. I have not seen that one for a while.
In December I was lucky enough to get this comment from the USA about a black bird that had some white tail feathers.
We have a blackbird with several white tail feathers visiting our feeder here in NJ today. Regards Nelson
I emailed Nelson back to make sure NJ stood for New Jersey. The reply was
NJ does stand for New Jersey. Today’s sighting is ther first time we’ve seen this particular bird with the the white tail feathers.
I think it’s interesting that white feathered blackbirds span the globe.
I’m interested in the blackbird I see so I decided to have a category for my white tailed blackbird so I can keep tabs on when I see him.
I have not seen either of our blackbirds that have some white tail feathers for a few weeks.
I get about ten blackbirds a day now! I think it’s because I put cheese out. They are sometimes like a small flock flitting round.
The thrushes are always in the background as well.