Fieldfare

Its cold, the thermometer in the car this morning registered -5 degrees. Which probably accounts for the amount of birds buzzing around the feeders. Forget for a moment though the goldfinches and greenfinches, today we’ve had a new species, our twenty-fifth, a single fieldfare. Woo-hoo!

We first noticed the bird perched on our neighbours apple trees. Willing it to fly into the garden, to our delight it eventually flew onto the clothes line then down onto the ground.

Fieldfares are large thrushes with distinctive grey heads and rumps, pale speckled chests, yellowish black tipped bills and, when in flight, show bright white feathering under their wings. Their call, “chak-a-chak”, is really distinctive too. Although this individual was alone, they normally travel in flocks. And they are winter migrants, breeding in Scandinavia.

We also had two bullfinches today, male and female, and an impressive count of nine blackbirds.

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  • About

    In this blog we'll describe the day to day comings and goings of the birds in our Devon garden.
  • About us

    Tony is a naturalist and environmental artist. Laura is a free range creative web and print designer. We've recently moved from the village of Ipplepen to the town of Newton Abbot with our two children Ralph and Oli, our dog Henry, and numerous cats (none of whom would ever dream of eating birds).
  • Species List

    List of species, including only those birds that land in the garden:
    Blackbird
    Blackcap
    Blue tit
    Brambling
    Bullfinch
    Carrion Crow
    Chaffinch
    Chiff chaff
    Coal tit
    Collared dove
    Dunnock
    Fieldfare
    Goldcrest
    Goldfinch
    Great spotted woodpecker
    Great tit
    Greenfinch
    House Sparrow
    Jay
    Long tailed tit
    Magpie
    Mistle thrush
    Nuthatch
    Pied wagtail
    Redwing
    Robin
    Siskin
    Song thrush
    Sparrowhawk
    Starling
    Wood pigeon
    Wren

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