Liquid song falls down by moonlight

There was a time when, along with many other “garden” birds, Blackbirds and Song Thrushes seemed ubiquitous, taken for granted, not worthy of remark.

While the Government has a decline of 16% in Blackbirds between 1970 and 2014 it records Song Thrush numbers to have been cut by more than half. The RSPB lists the conservation status of the Song Thrush as Red.

We are overrun with Blackbirds, this year seemingly more than ever as they contest for territory. At twilight today:


the wood is full of the sound of anxious Blackbirds, shrieking at shadows as they sort themselves out for roosting. But above their fretting we can hear a sweeter sound:

as we are proud to share our space with the Song Thrush


In fact, for the first time ever, we have two pairs so they need to sing very loudly to make it clear who owns which bit.

In other bird news today, after dropping in and out for a few days a pair of swallows


seem to be settling in – visiting the inside of the house, the inside of the workshop… soon they will remember that it is the woodshed they want.

Plus, since we have had (nearly) a whole day without rain, the ducks decide they need a good bath