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election

In 1962, there was an election to vote for the national bird of Sweden. The Eurasian blackbird (Turdus merula) was pronounced as the winner, but there were suspicions that the election hadn’t been totally fair (the main concern was that most votes represented the capital, Stockholm, and not the whole country) and therefore a new vote was arranged last year. 40 bird species were nominated, and via 4 voting rounds (with voters from the whole country) a true winner would be presented. In each of the first 3 rounds, 10 birds fell out of the competition so in the final (held at the Falsterbo Bird Show) there were 10 birds remaining. And the winner was…. The Blackbird. 🙂

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21 responses

  1. Good story! i checked it out and this bird is related to our American Robin…so I’m not surprised about its popularity. Does it have a pleasant song in the spring like its relatives???

    January 30, 2016 at 2:09 PM

  2. Good-looking bird with a talent for singing!

    January 30, 2016 at 3:43 PM

  3. Wow you folks take the national bird seriously! What a great story. I’d like to vote in one of those competitions.

    January 30, 2016 at 4:07 PM

  4. Lovely!! 🙂

    January 31, 2016 at 1:05 PM

  5. Beautiful bird, Camilla. It may not be as colorful as our Red–winged Blackbird, but its song is much more pleasant.

    February 1, 2016 at 4:01 AM

    • Your blackbirds look so cool, they remind me of race cars like Lightning McQueen 😉

      February 1, 2016 at 7:22 AM

  6. That would not have been my choice, but I do have to honor the process…

    February 11, 2016 at 9:11 PM

  7. I love seeing the blackbirds in my garden Camilla and the birdsong I hear at dusk is so beautiful and reminiscent of long summer days. A worthy winner. I think the rather predictable robin won a similar vote here in the UK. My choice would have been the blackbird for the song alone!

    February 13, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    • I fully agree, Adrian! The song is wonderful, somehow melancholic and happy at the same time. 🙂

      February 13, 2016 at 10:41 AM

  8. Beautiful closeup frame, well done !

    Chees,
    Firasz

    March 1, 2016 at 5:43 PM

  9. Great photo, and what a beautiful song.

    March 6, 2016 at 4:52 PM

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