Monday, 23 March 2015

Territorial Songsters.

Over the past few weeks our garden has come alive in many ways; various plants producing new green shoots, clumps of bulbs erupting into colourful displays of blues, whites and yellows; and at least two resident avian species regularly pronouncing their territorial ownerships.


The male Blackbird (Turdus merula) uses an old cherry tree stump as a lookout post to spy for anything lurking below that might be a tasty snack. Whilst there is no evidence of nest building in our garden he can be heard every morning, even before it is light, belting out his unmistakeable rich repertoire from the highest branch.




As in past years a single male Robin (Erithacus rubecula) frequents our garden on a daily basis patiently waiting for me to disturb something edible in the soil when I'm gardening. He's now in his full finery and regularly takes up position in the hawthorn to let any intruders know that this is his territory.



So at last .... Spring is here and the voices are rejoicing.  FAB.

Linking to Nature Notes and Wild Bird Wednesday.

23 comments:

  1. Beautiful images Frank. The trees are blooming here. Yippee!

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  2. Love your bird shots! Thanks for posting their bird song.

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  3. i love that handsome blackbird of yours! the little pear-shaped robins are adorable. thanks for including their songs!

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  4. Oh my such lovely bird captures!

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  5. Fantastic shots of the singing birds.

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  6. Hi frank. Two lovely birds and thanks for their songs as well and the photographs

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  7. Beautiful birds! I haven't heard them sing here yet.

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  8. love your spring images. sure doesn't look like that at my house.

    the birds are pretty and so are their calls.

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  9. Really nice photos, Frank. I can't get over how pretty your Robins are there.

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  10. There's not much better for me than hearing these two birds sing. Maybe a Song Thrush, but these two are hard to beat.

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  11. Love the yellow/orange eyering on the black bird. And your robin....I know how difficult it is to time a photo perfectly to have them 'in song mode'....super job of it all.

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  12. Lovely close-ups of the songsters!

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  13. I have a differnt nature for my blackbird ,nice shots ,nette

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  14. The song of the blackbird has delighted me since I was a little girl.
    My mother told me the story of me in my pram looking to the tree in our garden, and listening to the blackbird sing. I havn't changed much.

    Lovely recording Frank.....I was back in that pram for a while :)

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  15. je hebt je zanguitvoeringen al binnen.

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  16. Yours and mine both Frank. I'm having trouble keeping the garden feeders topped up.

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  17. I loved your wonderful photos! I bet the bird song is wonderful right now. Loved your descriptions. Someone must have hijacked your audio though putting an ad over the bird sound!

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  18. Great photos and it must be lovely to have both those birds singing in your yard. Thanks for including the xeno-canto files. If spring is really there for you then surely we will finish summer soon! I do not enjoy temps that persist into the mid 30's with our humidity as well.

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  19. Gee Frank...I guess we were on the same wave length with bird song. I enjoyed your photos and songs...Thank you for watching my video on birding for the blind as I don't think many people did....Michelle

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  20. A great time of year for bird song.

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  21. Beautiful Spring birdsong. Just lovely pictures accompanied by perfect music. We do have more bird activity here in the spring, even tho the weather is about the same as it is in the winter.

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