Blackbirds


Apparently blackbirds are having a bit of a rough time of it. This is down to the very dry weather we have been having. Blackbirds have a particular liking for garden worms and, because of the hot dry conditions the worms have been going
deeper into the ground and out of reach of the bird.
Last week I took a trip up to
Herefordshire and stayed in Golden Valley. While I was sitting out with our small dog in the sun, this cheeky chappy just strolled up and took a piece of the dogs

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He did this three times before the end of the day. The next day he showed his face again. I was able to recognise him by an unusual White flash on the back of his neck.

6 thoughts on “Blackbirds”

  1. I know what you mean Andy, sometimes I think I have an alarm button on my camera, see something, quick grab camera, something good gone!!
    Thanks for the comment. BTW I read you article on Emile Ford yesterday, excellent stuff! I did’t realise he was such a ‘sound boffin’.

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  2. Great picture Mark, I wish I could get some good pics of the birds that come into my garden except they usually fly off before my camera light comes on!

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  3. Hi, Mark– (This has nothing to do with blackbirds; it’s my reply to your comment on my Rock’s Back Pages blog, which nobody had notified me about.)

    What a wonderful history! Obviously you’re The Real Mark Goodwin. And I do know who Lonnie Donegan was– I even have a single of his: Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight / Rock Island Line. It was one of the first records I ever bought!

    You mentioned several great artists, but the one I will always ADORE is Dusty Springfield. I’d love to hear anything you remember about her from your tours. And if you have any photos (no matter what the quality is), I would be even more grateful to see them.

    I looked at your Flickr photos and took a walk down Memory Lane. I did an interview with Rory Gallagher in the ’70s when he was in New York; if I unearth it, maybe I can get it into the Rock’s Back Pages Library.

    I didn’t realize your comment was on my blog until tonight. Usually RBP notifies writers by email when a comment is posted; I don’t know what happened.

    Glad you enjoyed my writing, and would love to hear from you anytime.

    PS–Rosie is just beautiful!

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    1. Hi Kris
      Apologies for not responding sooner but I have been away for a week shooting some good old British wildlife.
      Kris please forgive me, but I can’t remember the RBP blog comment that I made…Doh! Can I ask you please to send me a link to the comment on RBP please?
      Glad you enjoyed some of my pix, obviously I have 100’s more, but there are some real concerns about photos being stolen from Flickr so I am always a little apprehensive.
      Thanks for the comments about Rosie…she really is a gas!
      Best Regards

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