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A Song Thrush Sings


A Song Thrush Sings - Cameos of Birdlife #4

It’s early morning. Still dark. A pale moon hangs in the sky as the pre-dawn light rims the nearby mountains. A Buzzard mews; an owl hoots from the nearby woods. As the garden trees take shape a Song Thrush breaks into song - hesitantly at first; but then full and vibrant - lost in its own joy of singing ...

 first light  the song of a song thrush 

The day breaks gently over the mountains in shades of pastel pink and baby blue. The Song Thrush, still singing, is echoed by another from up in the Churchyard.

Just listen ... ‘tis Spring (maybe)!

Featured Artist

The header image is from an original painting of a Song Thrush by Emma Price and is used here with permission.

Emma describes herself as a hobby artist from County Durham, on the northeast coast of England. She sketches and paints for her own enjoyment and relaxation; in particular, painting the plants and wildlife in her local area. You can see more of her beautiful paintings here ... Gallery


The recording by David Bissett is used here under the Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto

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February 6, 2021 9:37 am

Beautiful words and song to wake me up this rainy morning!

February 6, 2021 11:53 am

Clive, I’m always pleasantly surprised by your addition of current artists! Wonderful! Also, the thrush is such a special bird. Have a great weekend!🙏

Reply to  Ashley
February 6, 2021 12:58 pm

Beautifully said my friend. As always

February 6, 2021 1:12 pm

Beautiful post! I love thrushes.The bird that we, in N. America, call a “robin” is actually a thrush (T. migratorius). To me, it’s one of the most beautiful birds here, but it’s underappreciated, because it is so common. I really like your voice recording of the song thrush, as well as the painting. I will enhance the Garden with your excellent haiku. Thanks, Clive!

February 6, 2021 2:27 pm

So full of joy and spring’s uplift. Thank you Clive

February 6, 2021 4:45 pm

This is lovely! I have a little hermit thrush friend, a refugee from the western wildfires, who’s wintered in my garden. Thrushes are so special!

Reply to  Clive Bennett
February 7, 2021 1:04 am

I grew up with hermit thrush, and also varied thrush, so I’m well familiar with their haunting and flute-like songs. But this individual is a winter visitor, so he hasn’t sung. I’m hoping he’ll decide to stay through spring, though I expect he’ll be moving off soon. Maybe he’ll come back next winter!

Andrea Stephenson
February 7, 2021 2:08 pm

You’ve built up a beautiful picture of the breaking morning Clive.

February 9, 2021 11:00 am

Looks beautiful

February 11, 2021 3:22 am

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