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In October 2002, Anton Conings, Bennie van de Brink en Benno van den Hoek (pictures) trapped a Blackbird with a stick sticking out of its back.

The stick appeared to have a sharp point at one end. Inside the body, the stick was completely capsuled in. We managed to twist it out off the bird without causing any bleeding.

the stick

There was a scar on the chest where the stick had apparently entered the body. Whatever happened to this bird is anybody's guess but it was ringed and released in good health.



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