Twitterstorm: why British birdsong is vital to music

From the nightingale to the linnet, via the blackcap and the corn bunting, UK birdsong is as unique and inspiring as the music it influences

Nightingales have played the unwitting muse to human poets, playwrights and composers for centuries, from Shakespeare and Hardy to Coleridge and Tchaikovsky. Last year, Nitin Sawhney received a front-row performance from one such feathered troubadour during the making of TV show The Animal Symphony – an experience the initially sceptical composer described to me as “a revelation” [ . . . ] More at source: Twitterstorm: why British birdsong is vital to music | Music | The Guardian

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Rare blackbird spotted in Orkney causing birdwatchers from all over UK to flock to island – Daily Record


The red-winged blackbird is common in North America but has never been seen before in Europe.

Birdwatchers on Orkney reckon they’ve caught sight of a bird never seen before in Europe.

The spotters in North Ronaldsay have seen the red-winged blackbird on the island.

The creature is common in North America and may have been blown over to Scots shores by strong winds across the Atlantic during peak spring migration.

An adult female was photographed by Simon Davies of the island’s bird observatory
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Source: Rare blackbird spotted in Orkney causing birdwatchers from all over UK to flock to island – Daily Record