Hello, since winter has started to arrive, the blackbirds in my area have started performing a distinctive flight. Instead of their usual direct and fast ‘thrush’ flight, they seem to be circling a few times over an area then landing again on the ground. My guess is that they are scouting for berries but I am really not sure. Has anyone observed this? Thanks, Ellis
In reply to tuwit:
Birding is for everyone no matter how good or bad we are at it,enjoy it while you can
Along with the other possible reasons, as well as a raptor, there could be a cat lurking close by giving the blackbirds cause for concern.
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In reply to Seaman:
In reply to Mike B:
In reply to ellis187:
ellis187 said:one of them is especially nasty
"Parenting" issues probably. Sad, and increasingly common.
Very glad you're not alone re the thrush flight behaviour. Very interesting that.
In reply to Dave - CH:
Dave - CH said:
one of them is especially nasty
Or even feral.
I've seen cats that folk have taken in and they just don't want to know human contact.
Cats, as I'm sure you know Mike, are complicated.
Their socialization period (the crucial one) occurs by many accounts quite early in their lives. Miss it, and you'll always be able to tell whenever you're around the animal.
Unfortunately, like masks these last 20 months or so, cats are far too easily disposable for our or their own good.
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