Fieldfare (c) 2010 Claude Hargreaves
Mistle Thrush (c) 2010 Claude Hargreaves
The snowy weather appears to have brought a large influx of winter thrushes from the continent. Redwings & Fieldfares are turning up in some gardens for the first time in 20 years. If you do have any, please put out any apples or pears to feed them. If you are lucky enough to get a Blackcap, please grate some cheese, or put out some jacket potatoes. We have had a Redwing in the garden a couple of times for short periods, but the Blackbirds didn't permit them to stay. Earlier this moring a flock of 38 Fieldfare flew over heading north, whilst some more remained in the cemetery, but these normally wary birds didn't venture into the garden.