Blackbirds - Hebridean Birds
Western Isles Birds - Blackbirds can be seen pretty much anywhere in the UK - still they are pretty.

They they are often one of the first species to start singing in the morning and one of the last to stop singing in the evenings. Lovely black birds with yellow bills.

Only the male blackbird is actually black with the distinctive yellow bill and eye ring. Females are a mixture of browns - with paler throats and breasts
Blackbird WEstern Isles Bird Sightings
Bird Overview - Blackbirds
Family
Thrushes Latin name Turdus merula
Population Common Similar Species Ring Ouzel
Description
Only the male blackbird is actually black with the distinctive yellow bill and eye ring. Females are a mixture of browns - with paler throats and breasts. It is also not uncommon to see patches of white feathers (part albinos). The young blackbirds are reddish brown with strong spotting on their underparts.
Size
25cm    
Habitat
The blackbirds like all types of woodland, copses and undergrowth which is probably why they love the Stornoway Castle grounds.
Food
Snails, earthworms, insects,spiders,berries and other fruits.
Voice
Alarm call 'tak tak' which is accelerated into a shrill scolding when the blackbird is agitated. The notes are formed together into phrases.
Breeding
Can have 2-3 broods between march and August. They build up a tidy cup nest of mud and mosses - stems and roots. Blackbirds nest in trees, bushes. hedges. They have 3-5 eggs which are brooded mainly by the female and incubation is 12 - 14 days with the young fledging at 13 - 15 days.
Misc. Info Watch these birds on lawns when they have their heads cocked to one side - this gives the appearance that they are listening - in fact they are watching - keeping a look out for predators etc.
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