Blackbirds – forty years ago in my nature notebooks
I was twelve years old when I started my nature notebooks. Despite my awful handwriting I noted down all the features which would help me identify Blackbirds when I saw them:
The male is a large pitch-black bird with a bright yellow bill and the female is a uniform brown colour, while the juvenile is light brown and spotted. How economical I was with words back then.
I still am.
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