bird behaviour

Redwings and Fieldfares arrive in large numbers

Fieldfare- watercolour
Redwing- watercolour

As a slow grey dawn broke I heard and saw a large movement of winter thrushes. Redwings and Fieldfares constantly streamed across the sky. Most were migrating at approximately 300 feet in a south westerly direction. It was a great thrill to witness this spectacle of migration as these Scandinavian thrushes made use of the high pressure system which has enveloped the country. There must be tens of thousands pouring into the country at the moment. I also heard Bramblings, Redpolls and Siskins. All these species are arriving from Scandinavia to spend the winter in relatively mild climes. This morning’s thrush movement was the largest I have observed for several years. I will be out after dark tonight listening for the thin “seeeep”calls of Redwings and if I am lucky may also hear Blackbirds and Song Thrushes flying through the night.

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