processed with Kim's "artjoytexture"
In German we call this bird "Amsel"; in English they're just "Blackbirds". No matter their name, they're lively birds - and while we were in Europe we saw them often. Very often. They are one of the most common birds there. Interestingly enough you can also find them in Australia and New Zealand, but not in the Americas.
The male blackbird is also a lively singer - and when I heard him again for the first time during our trip, I suddenly knew what I have always missed here in California - this kind of bird song. It is beautiful! The blackbird is such a talented singer - and I will never tire of his beautiful song.
If you happen to live in an area where there are no blackbirds like this, you can hear their beautiful call here.
Our little friend here was busy catching worms - can you see the earthworm in his beak in the top picture? During my childhood when I was still living with my parents every evening there was a blackbird sitting on the roof of the house across from ours singing his little heart out - especially in spring and summer. They also start singing very early in the morning, often before dawn.
I do miss this beautiful and sassy bird. Our blackbird here is the red-winged blackbird, whose call is completely different.
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Not a songbird at all, but a beautiful red-shouldered hawk.
You can get this card in my Etsy shop.