During the hot, dry weather of summer 2018 we noticed a male Blackbird Turdus merula on the lawn of our rural garden in Warwickshire feeding on what appeared to be a newt. At first we thought little of this: Blackbirds have been recorded feeding on amphibians before and there is a good population of Smooth Newts Lissotriton vulgaris in our garden pond (a kidney-shaped pond, rou

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