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The Eurasian Blackbird, a synanthrope species
The Blackbird is a typical synanthrope bird that benefits from being close to us humans. It has adapted to human settlements, noticing the ample supply of food and sheltered breeding places, where it is safe from the Common Magpie, squirrels, and other predators. I was able to watch the nest on the balcony, starting with the egg deposition, and the breeding until the chicks started leaving the nest. On May 9th, the little ones already were looking quite mature. When I wanted to make some more photos of the grown chicks on May 11th, they had disappeared. They had left the nest shortly before and were roaming in the near bushes now. The young Blackbirds are not fully fledged when they leave their nest and are able to do short fluttering hops only. They hide in the bush and brushwood, protected and fed by the adult birds. After 2 more weeks, they are able to fly and slowly become independent. Another 2 weeks later, they leave their parents, going their own way.