07 Feb 2013

And through my ears… The sound of blackbirds singing when the days start to get longer and warmer.

Tuscany through my eyes: Week 10

Now that my project about Tuscany over the seasons is over, I have decided to start a new project: Tuscany through my eyes. Well, more or less… I am planning on publishing one or more photos of Tuscany every week, and not just some beautiful photos, but images that “match” the way I see my beautiful region at that time of the year. I will publish photos that I have taken and photos that I have not taken but I wish I had! 52 posts to show you Tuscany the way I see it and feel it. Here are the other posts in the series.

Week 10 – Blackbirds

There is one sound that, to me, means “the spring is coming“: blackbirds singing. Blackbirds are beautiful birds. Like sparrows, they stick around all year round, even in the coldest days of winter you can spot a few. But only when the spring approaches can you hear them sing on the bare trees, on the top of the roofs and on trees. It is usually on the milder evenings, when the sun starts to go down.


When we are in Pisa, I miss the countryside. But spotting the dark shape of a blackbird on the roof of the building next door has always given me a strange comforting feeling. A homely feeling almost. It is the sound of quiet days, of days getting warmer, longer and sunnier.



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