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

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’.


  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!


  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!


    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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