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A male was soaking up the sunshine with its wings spread downward, an action that maintains the health of its feathers. Over-exposure to what was once Britain's commonest bird has perhaps made us impervious to the beauty of the Blackbird and its melodic song. Whereas most English Blackbirds seldom move any distance from where they hatched, they are joined in the winter by others from northern Europe.


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