Nature Notes, December 2017

By December 4, 2017 December 6th, 2017 Wildlife

I wrapped up warm and wandered onto the meadow. I took a path less walked along a hedgerow and was surprised by the birds which were feeding on the hips, haws and sloes.

Picture of the red fruit of the hawthorn tree, with no leaves left on branches.

Haws – still plentiful on the hedges.

I saw an array of thrushes. Firstly our native blackbird both male (black) and female (brown) were flitting along the hedge and seemed most interested in the red haws on the hawthorn.

A brown bird on grass.

Female Blackbird (Turdus merula), feeding on the ground.

A little further was a more secretive song thrush nestled in a blackthorn sampling the last few sloes. What a beautiful speckled plumage and so well camouflaged.

A brown and cream bird with a speckled breast.

Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)

Finally a visiting thrush, the redwing, which is a winter visitor from the continent. Smaller than our native thrush and always in a chattering flock. It has a distinctive red wing and pale flash over the eye.

Two cream and brown birds high in trees.

Redwings (Turdus iliacus), at the top of a hedge.

All this on our doorstep, aren’t we lucky. Happy birding.

-Helen