September 19th 2014 09:41
In other round-the-yard news, Mr Black is molting. The first shot does not make it look too dramatic - but the second shows the head and neck area at their worst. This is apparently a regular occurence for blackbirds, as well as sparrows and many other garden birds when the breeding season closes down. Maybe this will mean no further 2014 outbreaks of blackbird and sparrow babies? Maybe not...