IN May, 1937, I watched a hen Blackbird (Turdus m. merula) at the weir at Cropston Reservoir, Leicestershire, catching what I took to be minnows, but they may have been sticklebacks. The fish had been stranded in small shallow pools and were swimming about making ripples on the surface. The bird actually caught these while they were swimming and killed them by repeated blows with her beak or by s...

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