Birds and Blooms
April 16, 2010

I have not had good opportunities to do birding on this trip but have seen the usual common species such as blackbird, magpie, (little English) robin and great tit (similar to a chickadee).

The blackbird (Turdus merula), which is the commonest, most widespread thrush in England, has a song is a lot like our USA thrushes, including the robin. On the other hand, like our mockingbird, it likes to sing at all times of the day and night.

On a trip to the great cliffs at Beachy Head, near Eastbourne, I saw and heard several skylarks. Their high, tinkling, musical song is quite pleasant. This image of a skylark is from the web.

And here is a gallery of flowers we have been seeing. I do not know the name of this first one. It has a gardenia-like look, as seen in the second photo. If any of my readers know what it is, please post a message and let us all know.

Have you ever seen a forsythia trained into a shape like the one above?

Now think about it! If this were not so abundant as to be a royal nuisance, would we not treasure it as a beautiful specimen?

Beauty is a strange thing.

London Journal – Monday, May 18, 2009
May 19, 2009

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