Blackbirds – Double Etheree Poem


Blackbirds – Double Etheree Poem

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eat earthworms
berries and fruit
have yellow eye-ring
male, glossy black plumage
juveniles, females, dark brown
defends its breeding territory
winter food available they stay
although occupying different areas
male attracts female with courtship display
most couples stay together till death
mud lined nest with bluish green eggs
female incubates the eggs
young feed by both parents
second broods common
great singing voice
can mimic

Double Etheree – Two Etheree stanzas, where the second one is reversed.Syllabic count: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1Rhyme not required.

In Culture the Common Blackbirds was seen as a sacred, and a destructive bird in Classical Greek folklore. In medieval times the nursery rhyme of placing live birds under a pie crust just before serving, it was something that haunted my mind as a young child, not keen on eating pies in case a blackbird flew out.


Photo Credit – if you would like to read the Lyrics  Sing a Song for Sixpence  It is a bit harsh for children

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