Blackbird's song

To: simon starr <>,
Subject: Blackbird's song
From: "Mike Tarburton" <>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 10:54:03 +1000
Simon and others interested in Blackbird song

It might be the cold of the UK they are missing and so have nothing to sing about.  We lived at Longburn in NZ for 12 years and found the Blackbirds there sang much more than the Aussie ones.  We also had many more Song Thrushes in NZ than we have around Melbourne.  That suggests it might be the lack of earthworms due to our harsh dry seasons compared to Longburn's equally distributed rainfall for all 12 months of the year, that gives them nothing to sing about in Melbourne.


Mike Tarburton
Dean: School of Science & Technology
Pacific Adventist University
PMB Boroko

Papua New Guinea:-  

From: simon starr <>
Subject: Blackbird's song
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 12:38

Michael Hunter in his report on a visit to Paris mentioned that he wished his Blackbirds at home sang as well as the French ones that he heard.
I moved to Australia from the UK 10 years ago and have yet to hear a Blackbird sing anywhere close to as well as I was used to back in the "old country".
Their song over here just never seems to really get going.I've asked a few Aussies who've said that yes they do sing well here,but they haven't heard an English Blackbird in full song. The question is why?
Are they longing for home?!
Simon Starr.

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