In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
- The thicker scrub and thickets of elder, hawthorn and bramble, meanwhile, provide ideal cover for nesting robins, wrens, sparrows, dunnocks, blackbirds and thrushes.
- If no berries remain, having been stripped earlier by blackbirds and mistle thrushes, they perish.
- Birds such as starlings, blackbirds, thrushes and dunnocks will use a lawn to hunt for worms and insects, so maintain good drainage and limit compaction to help them probe in its surface.
- The ubiquitous starling is one of the most widespread problem species but blackbirds, partridges, robins, sparrows, thrushes, and finches are also common.
- The redwing, fieldfare and blackbirds are all involved in serious territorial swoops between trees.
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- I pulled over at Schaar's Bluff, turned off my car and just sat and listened, beyond the bluebirds and meadowlarks you could hear tree sparrows and red-winged blackbirds.
- We waited hours for several common birds - blue jay, northern flicker, and fish crow - but missed red-winged blackbird and American robin.
- Unlike dowdy, brown females of the species, male blackbirds possess bright yellow-to-orange beaks and shiny black plumage.
- Down in the bog, the first red-winged blackbirds were yodeling, and a robin sang in the evening.
- I went down towards the creek and found a huge flock of robins, grackles and red-winged blackbirds foraging.
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