Throughout the year, Britain has three common species of thrush, the Blackbird, the Mistle Thrush ans the Song Thrush.
In the winter months, these birds will stay in Britain where pairs and family groups will set up a territory around a fruiting berry tree. They will defend their home fiercely over the next few months, ensuring they have enough to see them through winter. Our thrushes always have light brown backs with a speckled stomach.
But their relatives in Northern Europe have a harder decision to make. Their home is going to get much colder than here and there will be less food. So every year, thousands of birds choose to flock to Britain for the winter. Among them are two familiar looking birds with a bit of a difference. They are both relatives of our thrushes and can be seen now across the country.
The Redwing is Britain’s smallest species of Thrush. They usually travel in small flocks and from arriving on the East coast will travel Southwards, stopping on berry trees along the way. You can identify the Redwing by looking for:
- A small body
- Red colouration under the wings
- A white stripe above the eye
The Fieldfare is larger than the Redwing and can also be seen travelling around our countryside in large flocks. They can often be spotted in open fields in farmland and uplands. Watch out for:
- White and brown specks on chest
- Reddish-brown chest colouration
- Slate-blue head and tail feathers
- Dark red wing feathers
Both of these species love Rowan and other berry trees. Have you seen any Redwings or Fieldfare’s so far? If you have we’d like to hear from you!
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