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May 17, 2017

Spring shortage of worms in Norfolk

The English spring has been droughty and wormless in Norfolk, so some blackbirds have switched to snatching newts, notably Smooth Newts, from shallow pond water to feed their youngsters.   In the photo at top above, by Neil Bowman, a female blackbird is seen holding a Smooth Newt in her bill.   The lower photo, by Blickwinkel, shows a swimming Smooth Newt up close.
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