Could have gone a lot of different ways with this, but it's summer time (even though I understand from today's paper that Britain is being inundated with rain ) and I'm thinking a lot about birds. The English Blackbird is a great singer. For some people he becomes a bit annoying because he is so loud and is usually the first bird awake in the morning -- around 4:30 a. m. in June.
When I was in college all we students who were studying Natural History had a special 'field trip assignment'. We had to set ourselves up in the college grounds, which was out in the Derbyshire countryside, at 3:30 one morning to document the beginning of the Dawn Chorus of the British song birds. It really is quite a spectacular event every year in the spring, culminating in a great crescendo of birds singing their hearts out in mid June very early, every morning. Of course the blackbird is the first to wake all the others and that's what we were there to document.
I suspect he is also one of the later singers in the evening. A few years ago I was in England at Hothorpe Hall for a conference. I wandered out into the beautiful gardens one evening to seek a little peace from the variety of activity at the conference. Sure enough, as it grew dusk, it was late June and the blackbirds were lustily singing away in the surrounding woods.
So my Inchie this week proclaims the earliest, loudest and probably the latest singer, the English Blackbird.
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