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How to spot the common garden birds

The blackbird was the most commonly seen bird, according to last year's survey Photo: PA

Blackbird

The male blackbird does live up to its name, but the females are often more difficult to spot. Confusingly, they are brown and often have spots or streaks on their breasts.

The blackbird has a bright orange-yellow beak, and it also has a distinctive, mellow song.

The Starling was the second most commonly seen bird Credit: PA

Starling

Starlings are smaller than blackbirds. They have short tails and pointed heads. Their feathers are very glossy and shimmer with purple and green.

They're often quite noisy, and spend much of their time in flocks.

The Woodpigeon is also a common garden bird Credit: PA

Woodpigeon

The Woodpigeon is largely grey, with a white neck patch and white wing patches.

It is perhaps best known for its cooing call.

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