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Do The Male Blackbirds Know Their Offspring?

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Old Thursday 11th December 2003, 21:11   #1
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Question Do The Male Blackbirds Know Their Offspring?

I ask this question because over the last few weeks, of
watching them, and more so in frost and cold damp mornings,
they do what blackbirds do best, chase one another away
from their !! food source. that is other males and migrants,
now the main 2 i see are father & son, the adult male has a
deformed right wing so is easy to ID and I know the youngster
from watching him grow up. each morning I go out to feed the
tribe the adult is sat on our top step waiting for his sultanas,
I can get to within 6 inches of him so he is semi- tame and
will feed from the step, when finished he will then go on to
the lawn and wait and call to the youngster who is only feet
away but will not come near. the last few very cold days I have
given them both some warmed grapes and boy do they love them
again the youngster will not come to close!! but the male calls
softley to him a sort of quite (srrri) I find this a very touching thing.
has anybody else come across this?

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Old Thursday 11th December 2003, 21:52   #2
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Interesting what happened to the hen?

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