Have I really never written about one of my favourite sounds before? Quickly typing in "blackbird" into the search bar of my blog, I find only two references; one in a book review, and then this post I wrote about birds in general, not blackbird-specific.
Listening to the blackbird's song early in the mornings and just before nightfall is something I have always loved. With "always" I mean for as long as I can consciously remember such detail, which is from about the time I was about six or seven.
There is a sweetness to that song I find heart-tugging; it probably has something to do with it coinciding (although, of course, it is not a coincidence) with the arrival of spring, bringing some warmth and light after months of mostly cold and grey days. And this year, most of us living in this part of the world have had more than their usual share of cold and grey, I suppose! All the more we appreciate even the smallest sign of a slow shift in season. If you look and listen closely enough, the signs aren't that small, things are simply about 3 weeks behind.
I took these pictures one evening last week; as you can see, daylight was already on the retreat, and this blackbird sat on my neighbours' roof top, singing his little heart out. His eyes didn't look like that in real life, that's just my camera's flash refleced in them. Apparently, that did not scare him; he just kept singing, and I listening.
Along with sparrows, tits, magpies, crows and doves, blackbirds must be the most common birds in my area. We also get to see and hear various kinds of finches, woodpeckers, jays and a robin every now and then, plus of course the larks, buzzards and kestrels out on the fields. But none of them sing a song as sweet as the blackbird, so distinguishable, so easy to follow its verses and differences between one individual blackbird and the other.
The lark's song is "summer" for me; about the buzzard's cry I've been going on plenty on my blog already, and I love the trilling of finches up in the tree, but the blackbird's song will always have a special place in my heart.