so normally the blackbird comes every evening has a short tweety spell then goes off but last night it was for about 3 or 4hours and about an hour this morning he sits either on the back fence or just over the back of that on neighbours roof-always looking in same direction when hes tweeting
this is not normal and im just wondering if maybe it could have lost its partner or a mum thats lost its babies?
I would suspect that this blackbird was agitated, possibly by the presence of a predator in the area like a cat for example. Blackbirds communicate such dangers by making a constant harsh ticking call which alerts the rest of their family and other birds to the danger. Sometimes blackbirds will sing through the night but their song is much more melodic and flutey.
I would not worry too much about the ruffled feathers, blackbirds do look a bit bedraggled at this time of year as their feathers have been through a hectic breeding season and need replacing. Over the next couple of months they will moult into new ones and be looking much smarter in the autumn.
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Hi Shell and welcome to the forum
I don't actually know the answer to your question although my blackbird goes through phases of singing during the night and last night a wood pigeon had a little singsong at 1.30am
The nights are still so short and birds can be disturbed by street and garden lighting. It is possible too I imagine that the adult had young fledglings roosting on the ground and was sendind them a warning.
Hopefully one of the more knowledgable forum members will pick up your thread and give you more info.
bye for now
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ok thanks. well there was one just now he was male definately he had a quick song n flew off but his feathers looked a bit rough like some were missing.
the one thats upset is MALE