mountain bluebirds have been here for weeks. Back to back cold fronts
have slowed them down on their nest building and repair activities, but
this male was taking advantage of the snowmelt to feed heavily on bugs
in the puddles. Photograph: Tom Koerner/USFWS
European Blackbird (Fledgling) ~ Amsel (Jungvogel) ~ Turdus merula
The latest “addition” to the yard’s wildlife is a giant baby - a European Blackbird fledgling, an only child. :-) His/her father has a constricted foot, anti-bird netting has cost him a toe but he can use his leg again now. :-/
Blackbird chicks hide on the ground mainly and are very prone to predation, so let’s hope the best for the little big spotted guy. :-)
…a species of thrush (Turdidae) which breeds in the higher regions of western and central Europe, and winters in the Mediterranean region.Like other thrushes ring ouzels are territorial and are typically seen in pairs. Ring ouzels are omnivorous, feeding on a wide range of insects, earthworms, small vertebrates, and berries.