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Fieldfare in our garden


By dorjac


We have had a lot of extra birds in the garden during this cold spell. One of them was a handsome lone Fieldfare. There was a troop of bossy Blackbirds in large numbers, sometimes 9 at a time. Lots of chasing about and ‘seeing off’ going on all the time. This handsome thrush was constantly chased off his apples but would not to be turned away. On an RSPB site he is shown as having complex markings. White underside. Thrushy chest. Grey head and back and brown wings. This morning I did my RSPB bird count on line. He was still there, bashing away at his Pink Lady apple, and not a blackbird to be seen. Been here over 25 years and never seen one in the garden.

Sorry the photos are not clear. The bird was very shy and constantly being bullied by Blackbirds. I had to creep up to the back door window and quickly snap him before he/she flew away. The larger photo was cropped on the camera. So not so clear either. This is a very urban garden and I am pleased he has eaten a lot of my windfall apples, and is now into pink ladies! £1 per bowl of 6 from the market.

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Lucky you. I havent seen any this year, but have sent my Bird Watch count into day, will be interesting to compare when all the counts are in , quite a few species from last year were missing this time;0(

27 Jan, 2013


wonderful birds and unusual just to have the one as you say.

I also did my count but yesterday.

27 Jan, 2013


Unusual to see just one fieldfare They are lovely birds aren't they. I did my count today in two halves - very glad too, because the woodpecker arrived in the first count and the nuthatch and a solitary greenfinch later in the afternoon one.

27 Jan, 2013


I don`t remember ever seeing one here but my daughter has had them visiting her garden eating the apples..
I did my count yesterday whilst we still had the snow, for the first time ever I did have lots of birds to count, normally they go on holiday for birdwatch weekend....

27 Jan, 2013


The Fieldfare was still here this morning before I went out at 10am. They do seem to love apples. So do the blackbirds, so I suppose that is why they tend to chase off thrushes. I understand there can be large flocks of fieldfares in the pastures in the countryside, but a lot of fields are flooded. This one has been feeding in our garden for about 3 weeks now.....he/she is a crafty one that knows what suits it best......apples!

28 Jan, 2013


Well done...I hope he enjoyed his apple.

28 Jan, 2013


More seen this year because of the weather, several coming in to gardens to feed,such a lovely bird a real pleasure.

30 Jan, 2013

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