This is the first juvenile blackbird I've seen dead on the road this season.
Female with a beak full of earthworms.
Representative of several seen on our walk.
common in and near the botanical garden
A blackbird disturbed as I walked up the Landsdowne track on Wrights Hill.
Nest about 2 m up steep bank from track. Apologies for poor pic quality.
The Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) is a species of true thrush. It is also called Eurasian Blackbird (especially in North America, to distinguish it from the unrelated New World blackbirds), or simply Blackbird, where this does not lead to confusion with a similar-looking local species. It breeds in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to Australia (where it is considered a pest) and New Zealand. It has a number of subspecies across its...