Blackbirds, blackbirds from thickets and from trees, before the buds have broken, they greet me when I walk through woods.
I have understood that the Eurasian blackbird is a true thrush, not related to the blackbirds of the new world. It is closely related to the American Robin (the European Robin on the other hand is a much smaller bird).
Anyway, this time of the year the blackbirds are wild. Their song is varied and melodious but I assume that what they are singing are things: “Fuck off my property”, “Let’s have sex” or simply “I’m starving”, depending on for whom they’re singing. The concerts only end when spring turn to summer and they are too busy taking care of their tweens. Guess that singing is only for idle wings.
the early worm
resting after night’s work —
food for blackbirds
Today Frank hosts dVerse Haibun Monday, and the topic is birdsong.
Blackbirds have always been one of my favorites, all of the Corvids, they are so damn smart. Loved the ‘singing is for idle wings’ line.
Ah… but the European blackbird is not a Corvid… it’s a thrush
Reaching to laconic is a word for the tone here and there in this delight, which gives it that slight edge…..right through to the haiku….yes, we wax lyrically about bird song, but what are they chirping? I suspect exactly what you suggest! “Tweens!” Very nice photo …the Nordic borreal forest has an atmosphere and ethos of its own…
I did further research on apelsin, and discovered to my surprise one or two or languages do similar. Greek was one if I remember. Apples come originally from Kazakhstan, and oranges from south China, so they are related geographically…
Their ‘song’ as mundane as you described is hilarious.
I’m really diggin your Blackbird(s) Bjorn, and now I can’t get The Beatles out of my head. Thanks a bunch.
I can hear their songs in your eloquent prose, Bjorn. & your haiku complements that prose beautifully!
I like blackbirds. They are very intelligent. I guess the lesson is worms need to sleep in.
Interesting about your blackbirds being like robins, We have several varieties of blackbirds.
Like your imagining of what the blackbirds are singing! Probably pretty accurate>
Ha I had to smile as I often wonder what their message is to listening ears. There are many robins, blackbirds and red-winged blackbirds here. I think this time of year they are trying to impress a mate.
I like how you distinguish between utilitarian and languid songs, depending on the season, of the dark-hued thrush called blackbird. Pretty picture of a walk through your woods.
I reckon that blackbirds/thrushes sing for pure enjoyment.
I love how hilarious the interpretations of these birds’ songs can be. Love the turn of that haiku.
Yes, the songs can be about mundane things and not necessarily lofty ideals. And I can understand about not having energy to sing looking after tweens. I also love how you turned being early on its head in the haiku.
Very expressive birds, who seem unconfused about their needs and desired. Strong write Bjorn!
I love this because I hear all the time birds are praising the Lord. Now I believe they do, but I have also translated much of their voice to be just what you wrote!!!
You’ve captured well the birds of spring. The blue jays are the loudest in my neighborhood, but I think they are saying the same thing…(K)
The intro is so catchy and I like how it contrasts with the info.you share. The song translations made me chuckle.