For three days now there has been what appears to me a juvenile Blackbird with no tail feathers. It is quite young and a bit of the yellow can still be made out at the base of its beak. There has been no adult with it. Fortunately it is quite capable of feeding itself and spends ages hopping round the lawn finding seeds and helping itself from the ground feeder.
How it came to have no tail feathers remains a mystery. A close encounter with a local raptor? A close encounter with a cat? A problem when developing its juvenile feathers? It is anybody's guess. It can fly just fine so it must have adjusted to the fact.
I often see the occasional large sea bird flying over. Yesterday was quite a sight to watch. There were several waves of large birds with over thirty being seen at any one time as they slowly circled and every now and then dived a short distance as though plucking an insect out of the air. I assume they were one of the gull family but haven't been able to match what I saw with any pictures I could find on the net. Any help identifying them would be appreciated. As usual all I managed were virtually silhouettes. Although it appears dark they were in fact white with a black head so I suppose it could be a black headed gull.
A couple of videos of youngsters to finish with. First a couple of young Sparrows being fed by a parent. As the youngsters kept crowding and nearly squashing the parent it gave up and flew off for a breather.
Finally a juvenile Blue Tit at the nut feeder. As usual the birds always seem to choose the back of the feeder but it does pop its head round a few times. It spent ages trying, and in the end succeeding, to get one particular piece of peanut to take away.
More rain today. It is so humid here it fair takes your breath away.
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