As long ago as 1534, the words ‚ÄòSong Thrush‚Äô eased their way gently into the English language. In gardens, its appetite for autumn fruit and berries made it friends with gardeners - a friendship consolidated by a seemingly insatiable appetite for earthworms and snails. (new para) A seemingly solitary bird, the song thrush prefers to hop around thick hedges and native woodland, especially grazed pastures, and is seldom in the company of another song thrush even though they are said to mate for life. Not surprisingly, they are welcome everywhere even though numbers were falling to a point of serious concern as from 1970-1998 their numbers declined by 59%. Happily, on Kerry‚Äôs vase two birds can be found, perched amongst the branches, with one of them about to burst into song, thankful that their numbers are on the rise again. (new para) All the song thrush‚Äôs characteristics fade into insignificance when the thrushes open their throats to sing. The sound is enthralling with each pitch repeated five times. Small wonder that song thrushes are said to serenade and stir the countryside with their song. They are the soloists in any dawn chorus and a joy to all those fortunate enough to hear them.
Size H 17.5cm
Ltd Ed 25 Designed by Kerry Goodwin