SJ9493 : Blackbird by the Trans Pennine Trail

taken 7 years ago, near to Gee Cross, Tameside, Great Britain

Blackbird by the Trans Pennine Trail
Blackbird by the Trans Pennine Trail
The Common Blackbird (Turdus merula) on tree near the Trans Pennine Trail close to Knott Fold.

The adult male has glossy black plumage, blackish-brown legs, a yellow eye-ring and an orange-yellow bill. It may not immediately be clear why the name "Blackbird", first recorded in 1486, was applied to this species, but not to one of the various other common black English birds, such as the Carrion Crow, Raven, Rook or Jackdaw. However, in Old English, and in modern English up to about the 18th century, "bird" was used only for smaller or young birds, and larger ones such as crows were called "fowl". At that time, the Blackbird was therefore the only widespread and conspicuous "black bird" in the British Isles. (information from Wikipedia LinkExternal link )
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 27 March, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 29 March, 2012
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Bird (from Tags)
Blackbird 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9473 9393 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:26.5269N 2:4.8483W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 9472 9393
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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