22nd January 2019

Redwing- While waiting for the Waxwings to turn up in Sheffield recently it was a pleasure to watch a small flock of Redwings feeding, at intervals, from the same trees. Redwing, our smallest true Thrush, migrates here in winter from Iceland, Russia and Scandinavia for the same reason as Waxwings- to feed from our winter berries, fruits and worms. Sadly on the Red list nowadays, they can still be seen in gardens, parks, supermarket carparks and streets in Sheffield, and in hedgerows and pastures further afield. Their distinctive ‘Tsee Tsee’ calls can also be heard in evenings as they

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing- showing the eponymous red underwing

Redwing

Redwing

flock and communicate with each other. Conditions: Still, grey with some rain. Temperature: Max 4 Min -2C.

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28th October 2017


My first Redwing sighting in the garden this year, shows these small, beautiful winter migrants from the Thrush family must be arriving from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, in numbers. Named from the smudge of rusty-red feathers beside the wings, they travel in small flocks. You can see this one calling to others nearby, in one photo- note its yellow tongue. Look out in hedgerows, supermarket carparks and anywhere where berries survive, and you may see Redwing, sometimes in mixed flocks with Fieldfare and native Thrushes. Conditions: After a glorious, sunny day, a windy, cloudy one, like much of the year which has seen very mixed weather. Temperature: Max 14- Min 8C.

Redwing

Redwing, calling to its small flock

Redwing

24th February 2017

Fieldfare, a winter thrush which, like the Redwing, migrates to the UK between October and April, from Scandinavia and Iceland. I watched a small mixed flock hunting insects and worms on their favourite rough grazing, this morning. I couldn’t get good photo’s so include my drawing, to show how much bigger the Fieldfare is than the Redwing. Fieldfare’s are described as having a loud ‘chuckle’, very distinctive– go to the RSPB website to hear this and all uk bird calls and songs. Fieldfares are on the red (endangered) list. Conditions: Glorious sunny morning. Temperature: Max 8- Min 3C.

Fieldfare (above) and Redwing

Fieldfare (above) and Redwing

Fieldfare, in front and Redwing, behind, feeding on insects

Fieldfare, in front and Redwing, behind, feeding on insects

Redwing feeding

Redwing feeding

18th January 2017

Redwing visited again this week- our smallest Thrush, and one that, except in Northern Scotland, is only a winter visitor to the UK, flying in from Scandinavia and Iceland. We’ve had very few winter migrant birds turn up so far this year, of any species, perhaps due to the relatively mild weather and intense crops of Hawthorn berries etc in the wild. Redwings, arriving in small flocks, are always a pleasure, with their cream ‘eye-brow’, brick-red flank-patch and dark blotched chests. Look out if you see them, in car-parks, parkland, along hedgerows or on ploughed fields, as they may be in a mixed flock with the bigger winter thrush, the Fieldfare. Conditions: Cloudy, still and dull few days. Temperature:   Max 9-Min 6C.

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing

Redwing