Posted by: mynaturaldiary | January 12, 2010

Fieldfare

The biting cold continues, with snow covering all the ground. In response to the crisis, Cafe Twitch has upped its fare, with sunflower seeds, fat balls, dried mealworms, bread, concentrated energy bird ‘nibbles‘ and fresh fruit, especially apples. These all attract different birds. The apples prove irresistable to a passing Fieldfare, one of our more colourful winter visitors.

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The white front is clearly seen here, which distinguishes it from other thrushes. It’s also much bigger than a Song Thrush.
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From the side, you can see the grey head and rump.

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This bird has come to feed. And he does, eating up an apple quarter.

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Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)

By contrast, the Song Thrush, feeding in a different part of the garden at the same time, concentrated on the dried mealworms..

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Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Starlings take the sunflower seeds.

Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)

Woodpigeons also feed on the seeds.


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Woodpigeon (Columba palumbus)

As the weather worsens, heavy snowfall descends. This doesn’t stop gulls from coming down for scraps. First, a juvenile Black-headed gull.


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Then an immature Black-headed gull in its first winter, showing the distinctive black tail band and dark spot behind the head.


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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
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Finally, another new visitor to the garden, a Jackdaw.
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Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)


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