Blackbirds and apples

Another frosty Friday though they tell us things may get milder next week. The blackbirds have been enjoying the windfalls and some of the apples that remained on the tree (I picked the rest yesterday). I think the frost has softened the skin making it easier for them to get at the juicy insides and of course the frost is preventing them finding worms and other things so the apples are proving very popular. Yesterday there were ten blackbirds and today I counted twelve along with two lovely fieldfares. A robin and chaffinch are occasionally dropping by to see what they may find too. Unfortunately, the zoom of my lens doesn’t work so this is the best I can do in terms of photos!

Yesterday they were all eating happily but today some arguments are breaking out – probably because supply is dwindling. Thankfully with a good apple harvest this year it is nice to share them.

Love this emptied shell.

Love this emptied shell.

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18 thoughts on “Blackbirds and apples

    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Thank you Cathy. It’s pretty cool isn’t it. I noticed today the fieldfare was eating the skins too – obviously not as fussy or maybe just more hungry!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      I think they are here with me!!!!!! The last time we had so many was the very cold winter of 2011/12 when we had snow and frost for two weeks!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      The following day the apples were all gone ! And they had started on the next and our final fruitful tree – So I picked what was worth picking and left the rest to them!

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    1. Murtagh's Meadow Post author

      Poor things are obviously hungry. We had few haw berries this year possibly a reason they are going for the apples.

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  1. Jane

    Well, the birds eat our Bramley apples but not to the same extent to your lovely sweeter ones. I’ve never seen an apple hollowed out like that – a picture for an art gallery, I reckon.

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