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How a blackbird captured lockdown | Brief letters

<p>Birdsong | Relocating Trident | Searching for the Guardian</p><p>Mary Montague (<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/26/country-diary-in-the-dawn-chorus-no-one-wants-to-be-outsung" title="">Country Diary</a>, 26 April) beautifully describes a great tit nestling learning to sing in a quieter world last year. Our local blackbird is also likely to have been born last year. He sings a striking song imitating ambulance sirens. He includes the long wail and the short <em>whaa whaa</em>, and has been known to startle our builders into thinking that an alarm has been set off. His amazing capacity for imitation has captured the spring of 2020.<br><strong>Jill Moss</strong><br><em>Chester</em></p><p>• I read with interest the <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/apr/26/trident-overseas-or-halted-scotland-independence" title="">article</a> detailing the difficulty in establishing an alternative location for our Trident nuclear deterrent in a suitably remote place ( 26 April). Faslane, the current location, is 26 miles from Glasgow city centre and there is effectively a continuous conurbation from its south gate to the centre on both sides of the Clyde.<br><strong>Charles Coull</strong><br><em>Troon</em><em>, South Ayrshire</em></p> <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/28/how-a-blackbird-captured-lockdown">Continue reading...</a>

Birdsong | Relocating Trident | Searching for the Guardian

Mary Montague (Country Diary, 26 April) beautifully describes a great tit nestling learning to sing in a quieter world last year. Our local blackbird is also likely to have been born last year. He sings a striking song imitating ambulance sirens. He includes the long wail and the short whaa whaa, and has been known to startle our builders into thinking that an alarm has been set off. His amazing capacity for imitation has captured the spring of 2020.
Jill Moss
Chester

• I read with interest the article detailing the difficulty in establishing an alternative location for our Trident nuclear deterrent in a suitably remote place ( 26 April). Faslane, the current location, is 26 miles from Glasgow city centre and there is effectively a continuous conurbation from its south gate to the centre on both sides of the Clyde.
Charles Coull
Troon, South Ayrshire

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