Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sing Me a Song Early in the Morning

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.

I am linking to Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday for the free and easy edition.


Not a songbird at all, but a beautiful red-shouldered hawk.
You can get this card in my Etsy shop.


Elephant's Child said...

Gorgeous post. We do get blackbirds here, and they are cheeky charmers. Many of our native birds are NOT musical, and to hear the blackbirds sing (and our magpies which are very different to the American or European ones) is always a delight.

Michelle said...

I always like seeing the red winged blackbirds around my farm. Nice shot.

Jeanne said...

i love your blackbird and what a cute song that he has. i am pretty sure that we have those here in Texas, however, there are several birds which look like this here. I will have to pay better attention to see if the is the exact kind that we have.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I so enjoyed your TT post. I think I like the German name for the bird vs. the English, and love that you shared the video of their song. Great photos. :)

Anonymous said...

Both are handsome birds. I love hearing the trill of the Red-winged Blackbird.

Magic Love Crow said...

Red wing black birds have a beautiful call! I love them! I love your black bird too ;o) Beautiful photos ;o)

Vagabonde said...

I thought I saw this blackbird here in Georgia, but then again I don’t recognize birds that well. I have never seen one with a red wing though, it looks very pretty.

Darla said...

I like our local red winged blackbirds a lot. I'd like the hear on of the ones from Germany though.


Waldameise Andrea said...

Ich liebe den Gesang unsrer lieben gefiederten Freunde am Morgen. Dann steh ich mit einem Lächeln auf.

Ein lieber Gruß
von der Waldameise