In January 2013, I was providing sweet apples in my snow-covered garden in Co. Louth, which attracted many Blackbirds Turdus merula, Redwings T. iliacus, a Robin Erithacus rubecula and a Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla. The resident, territorial male Blackbird was actively attacking all the other birds that came to eat the apples. However, all managed to feed at some point since I had widely distribut

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