The Monday Bird of the Week No.6 – Blackbird

Apologies for the brief hiatus, I’ve had IT issues. All sorted now.

Is there a more beautiful, yet mournful, sound than the song of the blackbird (Turdus merula)? It’s something so evocative. I used to leave the kitchen window open when cooking in my old house, as there was a male that sang around 6-7pm every night, and it just added to the pleasure of the experience. It’s one of the best things you can hear anywhere in our country, and worth listening out for.

Blackbird ina ction, Lostock, August 2009

Blackbird in action, Lostock, August 2009

This is a great time for blackbirds as we have been inundated by migrants from Russia and Scandinavia, as previously discussed with regard to redwings.

I think that evocative song has made the blackbird one of the most sung-about birds in Britain. ‘Blackbird’ by The Beatles may be the most famous (in pop terms. Sing-a-Song-of-Sixpence is the most famous), but I far prefer ‘Blackbird’ by The Unthanks (Rachel Unthanks & The Winterset when originally recorded). I think it’s the lyrics, they cover all those emotions I think of. Pure. Sad. Glad. Free.

It’s a wonderful song, and you can hear it here:

Any favourite songs about birds?

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One Response to The Monday Bird of the Week No.6 – Blackbird

  1. Pingback: Blackbird singing in the… kitchen? | Why watch wildlife?

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