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The poem Blackbird, by Adam Zagajewski

  A few days ago I heard a short programme about the blackbird, on BBC Radio 4. The blackbird is my favourite bird. I’ve already written a little about it here. There was lots of good stuff in the programme. And the tone was peaceful and calming too, something I’ve begun to seek out in … Continue reading

It’s not about the bird

— Outrage as robin is declared the UK’s national bird — It’s perhaps surprising that the United Kingdom didn’t have a national bird, official or otherwise, until last week. Many other countries have long had one: India has the glorious peacock; Kenya, the delectable lilac-breasted roller; and an emu appears on Australia’s Commonwealth Coat of Arms – although, … Continue reading

Taking tea with the blackbird

— On birds, birders and blackbirds — One evening last week I was looking out of the window and was suddenly staggered to find that birds can fly. There they were, just beyond the garden: the crows sweeping low over the contours of the rolling fields with langorous wing beats, alighting with ease amongst the … Continue reading

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