it should, according to John here, be collie birds, ie blackbirds not calling birds, brought to you.
Now it just so happens that on Boxing Day, after visiting the cemetery, I walked up Leyton High Road intending to photograph the Three Blackbirds by Leyton Midland Station. The right bird, even if one short of requirements.
This pub had a history for music. My best friend's family knew it before the war as an Irish pub - when Steeleye Span released All Around my Hat in 1975 with its chorus of 'I will wear the green willow', her mother recognised the tune, but had heard different words about the green of the Republic of Ireland. 30 years later I recall a rather good local Country and Western band called Highway Shoes.
The pub is now a Function suite specialising in conferences and Asian Weddings. The building is now smarter than I ever remember which is no bad thing, fresh paint, hanging baskets and space for a marquee. But it isn't called the Three Blackbirds any more and so they don't need the sign.
I want to save the Four Ashes at Takeley for an item on trees next year, and likewise the William IV also in Leyton High Road (for Kings).
But on the subject of Williams my husband was rather taken with this sign for the King William in Glastonbury when he was there in October. It is just the one William, but Just (1) William, is quite enough Williams thank you, and with his gang Henry, Ginger and Douglas they were four Outlaws.