London Journal – Monday, May 18, 2009

The English robin and blackbird are two common birds in England. I see and hear them everywhere I go.

They are not quite like what you think of in America. The English robin is in the thrush family (as is the American robin), is the size of a sparrow, and looks like this.


Its song is soft, a series of high-pitched warbles or twitters.

The blackbird is completely black, with an orange-yellow bill and eye ring.


It, too, is in the thrush family. Its song is bright and cheery, a lot like the robin or wood thrush in America.

I took both of these photos…from the internet! I do not have the equipment to get excellent close-up shots like these. What a help the internet is!

This morning I did office work.

For lunch we met with Edgar, originally from Zimbabwe, and his British wife. and her pastor. We had far-ranging conversations about past BIC missionaries and their influence on our lives; grandchildren (Edgar and his wife have twin grandchildren, born just a few weeks ago); the diversity in the Anglican Church; and our trip to Spain and the state of the church there.

Then we went downtown by bus. It happened to be a double-decker, so we went to the upper level and enjoyed the view.

We went to Leicester Square to check out tickets for the new musical Oliver and found out there are no tickets for tonight and that there are no reduced-price tickets at all, so we reluctantly gave up on seeing that musical.

The weather is cold and windy again today, so I bought a stocking cap. Who would have thought it? – needing a stocking cap in the month of May!

On the way back to the Underground we walked through Piccadilly Circus and admired the famous sculpture of four horses.


Back at our hotel, I spent the whole evening working on reports and other office work while JoLene read.

2 Responses

  1. Thank you for your post. Doing a school project with my son and never realized how protected the image of the English Robin is. Yours is an excellent example for him to include. Thank you kindly for sharing it.

    • I am glad to be of help.

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