Monday, 6 February 2012

Black and white Blackbird!

There is a black and white Blackbird currently around the Presthope area which can sometimes be seen from the birdhide feeding on apples. It is a phenomenon known as 'leucism', the bird lacks pigment in some of its feathers. They can be completely white in some extreme cases, athough very striking unfortunately they don't appear to live as long as normal Blackbirds as they are more easily seen by predators. It does also seem to get bullied by the other Blackbirds because it looks different.

The annual Clee Hill Trial took place a few weeks ago on the Edge, competitors enjoyed dry, sunny conditions, helping them climb some of the steeper tracks in the woods.

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