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!
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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