Wolfgang Praegler & Gudrun Mirbach-Praegler
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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.
Here a Blackbird has built its nest in the city centre. Only 2m below this nest passengers are passing by. Another Blackbird has made this bower its home in our neighbours’ garden. Sheltered from wind and nasty weather the Blackbird brings its chicks up. Well, this young Blackbird will not win a beauty contest. When an adult bird comes near, the chick opens its beak, waiting for food. This adult Blackbird arrives with plenty of insects in the beak. Hidden on this balcony a Blackbird has installed its nest. The female Blackbird sits on the nest, laying eggs. On April 23 we could see these 5 eggs. About 29mm x 21mm in size the eggs are quite big. On May 2nd, all 5 chicks are hatched. The Blackbird leaves the nest only shortly to feed itself and to catch food for the young. The little chicks grow very fast. On May 9th, the chicks look quite mature. One of the adult birds has brought food to the young. All beaks are wide open.