Song Thrush….Torquay, Devon.
The Song Thrush is a medium size bird. The wings and upper parts are brown….the underparts are white with small spots. It has black eyes, dark brown and yellow beak and pale pink legs and feet.
It is a more striking and attractive bird then its description would suggest.
The thrush has a loud, clear, repetitive song to which is added a bit of mimicry plus vibrating trills.
It is a delightful, musical song that makes me smile.
That’s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over,
Lest you think he never could recapture,
The first fine careless rapture !
The Song Thrush is showing a decline in numbers perhaps due to farming practices and loss of habitat. To me it would be a very sad thing to lose that wonderful, uplifting song.
*The song thrush is the emblem of West Bromwich Albion Football Club, a club in the Premier League, because a public house which the team used to change in, kept a pet thrush in a cage. It gave West Brom footballers their nickname, The Throstles.