Blackbirds | Tips for making a blackbird a resident of my pond
Chris van der Velde
The blackbird, or Turdus merula is a medium-sized songbird belonging to the thrushes family. Blackbirds are known to many people because they are often seen in parks and in lakes and all kinds of types of ponds. Here they often rest for a while to have a drink. Want to know more about the blackbird? Then read on.
All about the blackbird
- How do I get a blackbird into the pond?
- What does a blackbird look like?
- What kind of sound does the blackbird make?
- Young blackbird and blackbird female
What does a blackbird look like?
Blackbirds are nice birds to look at, they are medium-sized and have a black plumage and a distinctive orange beak.The bird not only looks beautiful, but it can also sing beautifully. Blackbirds are not called songbirds for nothing, they make a whistling and rolling sound with their song which many people find joyful and pleasant to listen to!
How do I get a blackbird into the pond?
Blackbirds feed on a variety of worms and insects such as dragonflies and damselfliesThis is a good way to attract a blackbird. When you want a blackbird at the pond it is important that you have enough water plants. water plants in and around the pond plants that attract these insects. For example, choose marsh plants, these plants when in bloom in spring have large, bright flowers. Many insects come here because of the nectar in those flowers. When your pond has many insects, luring the blackbird and other bird species is not difficult anymore.
Marsh plants to attract insects and thus blackbirds
The main food source for the blackbird is insects. For this reason, it is important to have insects around the pond if you want to attract blackbirds. Marsh plants with large, colorful flowers attract insects to the pond, so go for this. - Simon
Marsh plants as insect and blackbird attractors
Young blackbird and blackbird female
The young blackbird is born from eggs laid in a nest, usually in a bush or tree. The female builds the nest and incubates the eggs. After the young hatch, she feeds them on insects and other food she finds in the environment. The young blackbirds are dark in color and have dots on their breast and back. After a few weeks, they begin to develop their plumage and change color until they eventually acquire the black plumage of the adult blackbird.
What kind of sound does the blackbird make?
The blackbird makes a variety of sounds, including a melodious whistling song often associated with spring and early morning. The blackbird's song is very varied and can consist of different notes and repetitions. It is one of the best known bird sounds and can be heard in parks, all kinds of types of ponds and forests all over Europe and parts of Asia and Africa. Besides the song, the blackbird also makes other sounds, such as a shrill alarm call and a soft twittering.
Frequently asked questions about the blackbird
Blackbirds are attracted by offering plenty of water plants for the bird, as these can serve as hiding places and here they can hide food and make nests from the stems of the plants.
Sometimes it is possible to habituate a blackbird to human company, they remain generally shy birds. Feeding blackbirds can bring them closer to humans, but it is important to remember that feeding wild animals is not always desirable and can lead to dependence on humans.
Simon van der Velde
Pond specialist and aquatic plant grower since 1986
Simon's vision is to let nature do its work in your pond. No need to buy all kinds of measuring equipment and water improvers. If the fish are swimming nicely and the plants are growing well, then the water in the pond is of good quality. With a good planting plan and the right approach, you can save a lot of money and maintenance, and ensure a clear, biologically balanced pond that becomes more beautiful every year.