Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A Thrush Comes Visiting

It is a rare occurrence for me to see a thrush in the garden so I was delighted when I spotted what I assumed was a Song Thrush sunning itself in the tall leylandii yesterday. It was well fluffed out as the temperature was about -3C.

Song Thrush 1

Song Thrush 2

The soundtrack on the video clip has squabbling Starlings at the start and the tutting of Blackbirds right through. About half a dozen of the Blackbirds have caught on to the fact that I scatter seed as the daylight fades each evening. They hang around on the branches of nearby trees and come down for a last minute snack before finding somewhere to roost for the night.


  1. Grand video and stills John. Is there an obvious difference between Song and Mistle Thrushes.

  2. As far as I can work out Adrian the Mistle Thrush has some white on the wings and the spots are more distinct. It is stockier than the Song Thrush but that doesn't help when they fluff up to keep warm.

  3. Something about that thrush makes me think it is a youngster, perhaps this year's fledgeling. Hope they survive the Winter OK.

  4. I was thinking the same thing Matron. It looked like a juvenile to me.

  5. A great visitor to have in the garden John.
    Those Blackbirds sound pretty smart, waiting for supper ;)

  6. It was Keith. I don't see one very often.
    The Blackbirds are crafty / smart and don't miss a trick.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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