We may all be stuck at home during the COVID-19 lockdown, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy our garden wildlife. Ireland's Wildlife contributor Albert Nolan shares his recent encounters with a resident blackbird. For the last few days, I have been watching a beautiful male blackbird in the garden. He arrives around the same time every day, flying up from the … [Read more...] about Going wild at home: The Blackbird.
Regular IW contributor Albert Nolan reflects on how a bit of winter digging benefits the bird life in his garden. It was a day when you would have fought to have a shovel in your hand as the icy wind slipped easily through layers of clothes. I was finishing off a new bed that I had started a few weeks ago and for once the frosty weather had been a great help in … [Read more...] about Digging, for the birds!
The blackbird is a ubiquitous bird of Irish parks and gardens, and is a common sight everywhere from the heart of our largest cities to the remotest rural setting. Originally a woodland bird the blackbird now exploits the wide variety of habitats presented to it by people. The species does very well on agricultural land and in urban centres, but it is suburban gardens that have … [Read more...] about Blackbird (Turdus merula)