March 17th   Leave a comment

Two species of thrush are singing in the early morning around Crail. Both have very nice musical songs but their tones are completely different. Song thrushes have very loud, insistent and repetitive songs, whereas blackbirds have more thoughtful, musical phrases. The only other musical singer at the moment is a robin but it has a flatter and more twittery song. It’s hard to describe bird song in words. But now is not a bad time to learn these three common singers because there won’t be anything else singing well just now – the summer warblers won’t be here for a month. And all three species sing from the top of a bush, tree or house so it’s easy to associate the song with the singer.

Male blackbird

Male blackbird

Posted March 17, 2013 by wildcrail in Sightings

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