Thursday, 27 November 2008

The Fieldfares are here.

I was headed to work yesterday and on my way I saw what appeared to be a flock of thrushes. For a moment I thought they were redwings, until one flew up close and called in the typical call of a fieldfare:

Fieldfare

My camera was in my bag and I cautiously reached back and retrieved it.

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The bird wasn’t too bothered and was more intent on eating berries….as a result I got these pictures.

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The fieldfare is a winter visitor to the UK, and is a scarce breeder.

Fieldfare

It usually inhabits forests and woodlands but also can be seen in towns. This one that I saw was by the side of a busy road.

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Fieldfares feed on small invertebrates and fruits.

Fieldfare

An interesting titbit about fieldfares is the way they defend their nests and eggs against egg thieves. It seems they bombard egg thieves with their faeces!

Fieldfare

…and for this reason, smaller birds often choose to nest near a fieldfare’s nest.The fieldfares generally nest communally, so I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near an annoyed nesting bird!

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In winter the fieldfares form large flocks and their preferred feed is invertebrates.

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To identify these birds watch out for the bluish grey head and light brown chest with spots, and of course the unmistakable noisy “tchak-tchak” call.

Fieldfare

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