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Common Blackbird (Turdus merula): nesting period in the garden


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Common Blackbird breeds in spring and usually produces three clutches. The female builds a robust nest among the vegetation, at low height but well hidden, fixed in a three branches’ fork.
The nest is an open, bulky cup made with dry grasses, moss and mud. The female living in my garden tears off the moss from the ground and dampens it in the water reserved for birds. Then, she trails it through the dry earth before to add it to the construction in order to embed the various elements between them.
The interior is lined with fine and soft grasses, and it is common to see pieces of white paper or plastic on the exterior of the nest, mixed into the stems.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS SPECIES

DESCRIPTION OF THE REPRODUCTION


Le merle noir se reproduit au printemps, et il peut y avoir jusqu’à trois couvées. La femelle construit un nid solide dans la végétation, à faible hauteur mais bien caché, calé dans une fourche constituée de trois branches.
Le nid est une coupe ouverte et volumineuse faite d’herbes sèches, de mousse et de boue. La femelle qui vit dans mon jardin arrache de la mousse sur le sol et va la tremper dans l’écuelle d’eau réservée aux oiseaux. Elle la traîne ensuite dans la terre sèche avant d’aller l’ajouter à la construction afin de sceller les différents éléments entre eux. L’intérieur du nid est tapissé d’herbes fines et douces, et il est courant de voir des morceaux de papier ou de cellophane à l’extérieur du nid, pris dans l’enchevêtrement des tiges.

POUR EN SAVOIR PLUS SUR LE MERLE NOIR

DESCRIPTION DE LA REPRODUCTION


2492-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2492-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2497-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2497-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2501-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2501-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2503-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2503-Common Blackbird - nest-site
2544-nest building
2544-nest building
2549-nest building
2549-nest building
2551-nest building
2551-nest building
2556-nest building
2556-nest building
2560-nest building
2560-nest building
2563-nest building
2563-nest building
2569-nest building
2569-nest building
2572-nest building
2572-nest building
2575-nest building
2575-nest building
2578-nest building
2578-nest building
2582-nest building
2582-nest building
2584-nest building
2584-nest building
2587-nest building
2587-nest building
2588-nest building
2588-nest building
2593-nest building
2593-nest building
2598-nest building
2598-nest building
2599-nest building
2599-nest building
2600-nest building
2600-nest building
2604-nest building
2604-nest building
2607-nest building
2607-nest building
2610-nest building
2610-nest building
2614-nest building
2614-nest building
2615-nest building
2615-nest building
2618-nest building
2618-nest building
2619-nest building
2619-nest building
2620-nest building
2620-nest building
2634-female at nest
2634-female at nest
2638-female at nest
2638-female at nest
2640-female at nest
2640-female at nest
2641-female at nest
2641-female at nest
2642-Incubating female
2642-Incubating female
2645-Incubating female
2645-Incubating female
2647-Incubating female
2647-Incubating female
2653-Incubating female
2653-Incubating female
2656-Incubating female
2656-Incubating female
2660-Incubating female
2660-Incubating female
2662-Incubating female
2662-Incubating female
2665-Incubating female
2665-Incubating female
2670-Incubating female
2670-Incubating female
2672-Incubating female
2672-Incubating female
2696-Incubating female
2696-Incubating female
2699-Incubating female
2699-Incubating female
2703-Incubating female
2703-Incubating female
2704-Incubating female
2704-Incubating female
2709-Incubating female
2709-Incubating female
2712-Incubating female
2712-Incubating female
2719-Incubating female
2719-Incubating female
2724-Incubating female
2724-Incubating female
2727-Incubating female
2727-Incubating female
2731-Incubating female
2731-Incubating female
2755-Incubating female
2755-Incubating female
2762-Incubating female
2762-Incubating female
2765-Incubating female
2765-Incubating female
2767-Incubating female
2767-Incubating female
2769-Incubating female
2769-Incubating female
2774-Incubating female
2774-Incubating female
2775-Incubating female
2775-Incubating female
2778-Incubating female
2778-Incubating female
2786-Incubating female
2786-Incubating female
2799-Incubating female
2799-Incubating female
2800-Incubating female
2800-Incubating female
2805-Incubating female
2805-Incubating female
2811-Incubating female
2811-Incubating female
2813-Incubating female
2813-Incubating female
2830-Incubating female
2830-Incubating female
2832-She looks at the chicks inside the nest
2832-She looks at the chicks inside the nest
2835-She looks at the chicks inside the nest
2835-She looks at the chicks inside the nest
2852-the female is restless
2852-the female is restless
2881-the female is restless
2881-the female is restless
2892-the female is restless
2892-the female is restless
2904-the female is restless
2904-the female is restless
2906-Dad visit
2906-Dad visit
2908-Dad visit
2908-Dad visit
2909-Dad visit
2909-Dad visit
2910-Dad visit
2910-Dad visit
2934-Incubating female
2934-Incubating female
2937-Incubating female
2937-Incubating female
2941-Incubating female
2941-Incubating female
2945-Incubating female
2945-Incubating female
2947-Incubating female arranging the nest
2947-Incubating female arranging the nest
2966-Incubating female during rain and storm
2966-Incubating female during rain and storm
2985-Dad visit
2985-Dad visit
2987-Dad visit
2987-Dad visit
2990-Incubating female
2990-Incubating female
3006-Male-with-food
3006-Male-with-food
3027-Incubating female
3027-Incubating female
3057-Incubating female
3057-Incubating female
3061-The female is restless
3061-The female is restless
3072-Female leaving the nest
3072-Female leaving the nest
3082-Chick-feeding
3082-Chick-feeding
3089-Chick-feeding
3089-Chick-feeding
3095-The female checks that everything is fine
3095-The female checks that everything is fine
3114-Dad visit
3114-Dad visit
3115-Dad visit
3115-Dad visit
3119-Dad visit
3119-Dad visit
3121-Dad visit
3121-Dad visit
3149-Female waiting for the male with food
3149-Female waiting for the male with food
3150-Food passage
3150-Food passage
3152-Food passage
3152-Food passage
3153-Food passage
3153-Food passage
3161-Female feeding the chicks
3161-Female feeding the chicks
3177-Male leaving the nest
3177-Male leaving the nest
3183-Female with her chicks
3183-Female with her chicks
3187-Female at rest after chick-feeding
3187-Female at rest after chick-feeding
3199-A small bill finally appears
3199-A small bill finally appears
3238-food-passage
3238-food-passage
3239-food-passage
3239-food-passage
3241-female-at-nest
3241-female-at-nest
3244-female-at-nest
3244-female-at-nest
3245-chick-feeding
3245-chick-feeding
3255-chick-feeding
3255-chick-feeding
3263-dad-on-the-nest
3263-dad-on-the-nest
3309-female-at-nest
3309-female-at-nest
3314-open-bill
3314-open-bill
3315-second-chick
3315-second-chick
3318-chick-feeding
3318-chick-feeding
3320-two-bills
3320-two-bills
3327-they-are-hungry
3327-they-are-hungry
3335-male-at-nest
3335-male-at-nest
3341-larger-prey
3341-larger-prey
3362-hungry chick
3362-hungry chick
3364-open bills
3364-open bills
3401-female on the nest
3401-female on the nest
3403-female on the nest
3403-female on the nest
3415-male with prey
3415-male with prey
3423-male feeding the chicks with a large prey
3423-male feeding the chicks with a large prey
3459-difficult to swallow this large prey
3459-difficult to swallow this large prey
3469-female arriving at the nest with prey
3469-female arriving at the nest with prey
3476-female helping the chick with the large prey
3476-female helping the chick with the large prey
3481-female taking the large prey from the small bill
3481-female taking the large prey from the small bill
3485-female trying again to feed the chick
3485-female trying again to feed the chick
3490-female helping the chick
3490-female helping the chick
3493-she tore pieces of the prey
3493-she tore pieces of the prey
3495-the female seems to chew the prey to make it easier to swallow
3495-the female seems to chew the prey to make it easier to swallow
3516-trying again to feed the chick
3516-trying again to feed the chick
3517-trying again and again
3517-trying again and again
3529-it doesn't seem at all obvious
3529-it doesn't seem at all obvious
3532-trying again...
3532-trying again...
3533-definitely, this is not going to pass
3533-definitely, this is not going to pass
3541-trying again
3541-trying again
3542-definitely, this is not going to pass
3542-definitely, this is not going to pass
3543-she takes it again
3543-she takes it again
3552-they are hungry!
3552-they are hungry!
3554-we try again?
3554-we try again?
3556-well, let's move on and rest
3556-well, let's move on and rest
3564-the male comes just after the departure of the female which was brooding the young
3564-the male comes just after the departure of the female which was brooding the young
3566-but no small open bill to welcome it...
3566-but no small open bill to welcome it...
3569-the male is a little surprised and finally, it swallows the prey before to fly off
3569-the male is a little surprised and finally, it swallows the prey before to fly off
3573-it returns a few moments later with other prey, but nothing moves
3573-it returns a few moments later with other prey, but nothing moves
3574-it leaves without releasing the worms he was carrying. It won't come back...
3574-it leaves without releasing the worms he was carrying. It won't come back...
3300-Nest in the sun
3300-Nest in the sun
3467-As a little memory of this beautiful story that ends badly, here is a little fluffy head !
3467-As a little memory of this beautiful story that ends badly, here is a little fluffy head !