Just a quickie as I've got the 'thumbs up' re. progress on Zinc (horse) so need to crack on with that today.
But ..... over the last couple of days we've seen this blackbird being chased by others in the garden - all the birds are being feisty and territorial just now. Thought at first he had lots of white feathers on his head and body but David got these photos yesterday - they're a bit fuzzy but good enough to see that the white bits on the bird's head are actually bald spots.
A quick search on Google didn't help much. Seems it might be caused by feather mites or might be stress related at mating season for blackbirds who haven't found a mate?
Anybody have answers?
They are normally such handsome birds that I feel very sorry for this poor chap. Looking like that won't enhance his chances with the ladies will it?