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Missing Blackbirds

Postby fletcher on Fri Feb 10, 2012 2:55 pm

Missing Blackbirds:

Hello all,

We have just had a call from a resident in the Crewe area asking where his Blackbirds (Turdus merula) have been for the last few months. The gentleman has always thought of himself as a countryman (now 82) said he noticed them disappear from his garden in October and they have arrived back about two weeks ago. He also mentioned that a friend who lived locally has noticed the same with his resident Blackbirds.

Is this part of chain migration? I have to be honest about my ignorance on this; I assumed Blackbirds were resident and therefore fairly local in their habits, but from a little reading I understand that many birds move west and southwest across the country in the autumn to allow for an influx of visitors into the east of the country.

Any help would be really appreciated and I will let the gentleman know.

Thanks,

Eric

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