Thrush bonanza at Muir of Dinnet NNR

Winter thrushes returning to the UK this month. Jeremy saw a flock of Redwing flying over the office in Kinross today. Great to see Muir of Dinnet NNR staff blogging about their return in Aberdeenshire too!

Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

A couple of weeks ago, we posted that we expected some more “winter thrushes” to arrive soon. I think the weekend’s easterly winds have brought them! These thrushes come here from all over Europe and Scandinavia, but a tiny, tiny percentage may be resident Scottish birds, moving down from  the hills or north of the country for the winter. I’ve only ever seen a “fall” of thrushes this big once before. There must have been several hundred redwing and fieldfare around Loch Kinord today (22 Oct) , gorging themselves on the rowan berries, with smaller numbers of blackbird, song thrush and mistle thrush mixed through the flocks. It was fantastic- there are so many bird that their calls merge into white noise in the woods.

But if you can separate the calls, its a good way to tell these thrushes apart. In the winter, we mostly hear alarm call, not…

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Reserve Officer Loch Leven National Nature Reserve Scottish Natural Heritage
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