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Four and twenty blackbirds?

Well perhaps 24 is a slight exaggeration, but there are loads of blackbirds in my garden at the moment, having a field day eating all the windfalls off my apple tree. At this time of year large numbers of blackbirds migrate from Sandinavia and continental Europe to spend the winter here in Britain and Ireland. And because they are not competing over territories or mates at this time of year, its not uncommon to see many males birds happily feeding together with no argie-bargie at all. The other day I counted 7 males happily munching away together, and my garden is tiny, perhaps 20 foot square. I didn't want to disurb their dining by opening the back door, so snapped this picture through my kitchen window. Who needs to go in search of rarities when you have handsome birds like this literally on your doorstep?

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