Photo of heron mural on the side of a row of shops in Hanbury Street, London E1 by awildslimalien.
(Written by Belinda O’Hooley, then of the Winterset: ‘There was a blackbird living in my garden who would sing the same little tune all day, and I wondered what he was saying. This inspired me to look at why we sing – and the emotions we communicate in song. I wrote ‘Blackbird’ with Becky [Unthank] in mind as I think the song suits her voice.’)
More Unthanks over at A jumped-up pantry boy.
Photo of male blackbird by Malene Thyssen via Wikipedia.
Illustration by John Gould from The birds of Australia, London, 1840-1869 via the University of Glasgow’s Special Collections Department. (If you’ve ever wanted to see a picture of a Sordid halcyon – or simply know that a bird with such a name exists, click on this link. It and the other illustrations are beautiful. Bert would have thought so too, I’m sure.)
Photo of the Three Pigeons, Guildford by awildslimalien.
- Blue jay
- Grey wagtail
- Red kite
- Song thrush