Blackbird song

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philbattley
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Blackbird song

Postby philbattley » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:24 pm

I just heard my first proper blackbird song for the season at Massey uni just now. Have others had them singing yet around the country?
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Re: Blackbird song

Postby Richard Schofield » Fri Jul 26, 2019 7:58 pm

One singing for about 5 minutes in the garden in Balclutha on Tuesday 23rd, but none since (despite the spring-like weather).
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Re: Blackbird song

Postby kengeorge » Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:45 am

I'm curious about the seasonal gaps in the singing being reported in some places, because here in Golden Bay the song thrush's and blackbirds didn't take a break at all, just kept on singing all year. This includes one extraordinarily loud thrush in our neighbourhood in Pohara who was heard every day by us and many of our neighbours. Also, just in the last days, the chaffinch's have started their spring and summer descending che-che-che-che-che-che-chirrr calls. It's been a mild winter here, but spring can get a bit rough.
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Re: Blackbird song

Postby David Riddell » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:37 am

In Gordonton (Waikato) we've had one thrush singing from a big poplar tree pretty much right through the winter, though the others round here have been mostly quiet. Heard that chaffinch song for the first time yesterday.
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Re: Blackbird song

Postby kengeorge » Tue Jul 30, 2019 8:34 am

Murphy's Law eh? Soon as I mention the blackbird and thrush still calling from last summer, the blackbirds seem to have gone all quiet! The thrush are still perched up and singing away though, and more and more chaffinch are joining in with the chaffinch spring trill.
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Re: Blackbird song

Postby philbattley » Tue Jul 30, 2019 3:29 pm

I had a bit of blackbird song at 6.20 am at home on Sunday and again yesterday but nothing to compare with the thrushes that sing from May onwards. I'm acutely aware of the lack of song earlier in the year when trying to teach bird calls to my ornithology class in Semester 1, when NOTHING of interest is singing...
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