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"The Blackcap is a warbler that used to be considered almost exclusively a summer visitor to Britain. However, in recent years, more and more of them are choosing to spend winter here, almost invariably in gardens - town or country - where they will feed on ivy berries and anything that is put out on the bird table.

Like many warblers (and other small birds) their summer diet is largely insects and grubs but, when they are most plentiful, they switch to fruit and berries, and even seed. In fact, it is now believed that most of our wintering Blackcaps are from a population that nest further east of Europe - for example, in Germany - whilst British nesters still migrate south in autumn to winter in the Mediterranean areas of North Africa.

It is on warm days in March that you are likely to hear the first Blackcap song of spring, but we can't be sure if it's a German about to leave, or an African just arrived! In any event, it is a truly lovely sound, reminding me of a rather subtle and bubbly Blackbird, but not quite so loud, since it is after all quite a small bird.

By the way, the females arrive later than the males and are much less conspicuous, not least because they have brown caps." Bill Oddie.

Blackcap’s will take mealworms when offered on the bird table as well as Mealworm Crumble & Suet Pellets.

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"The Blackcap is a warbler that used to be considered almost exclusively a summer visitor to Britain. However, in recent years, more and more of them are choosing to spend winter here, almost invariably in gardens - town or country - where they will feed on ivy berries and anything that is put out on the bird table.

Like many warblers (and other small birds) their summer diet is largely insects and grubs but, when they are most plentiful, they switch to fruit and berries, and even seed. In fact, it is now believed that most of our wintering Blackcaps are from a population that nest further east of Europe - for example, in Germany - whilst British nesters still migrate south in autumn to winter in the Mediterranean areas of North Africa.

It is on warm days in March that you are likely to hear the first Blackcap song of spring, but we can't be sure if it's a German about to leave, or an African just arrived! In any event, it is a truly lovely sound, reminding me of a rather subtle and bubbly Blackbird, but not quite so loud, since it is after all quite a small bird.

By the way, the females arrive later than the males and are much less conspicuous, not least because they have brown caps." Bill Oddie.

Blackcap’s will take mealworms when offered on the bird table as well as Mealworm Crumble & Suet Pellets.

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