QuizMan 11:08 20 Dec 2010

There were a couple of threads at the beginning of 2010 about the appearance of redwings and fieldfares.
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About 6 redwings are back in my garden again today feasting on the berries. That is earlier than last winter so I hope that is not a bad omen of even worse to come. If they run true to form they will strip my 3 pyracantha bushes in a couple of days and move on.

I have taken a couple of photos and if I can remember how to upload them, I will do so later.

  QuizMan 11:14 20 Dec 2010

I am hoping that this works:
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  QuizMan 11:16 20 Dec 2010

Not perfect, but you get the picture - pun intended.

  uk-wizard 14:40 20 Dec 2010

Oh - wrong piccie - I thougt you meant this one <a href="click here;current=redwing2.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="click here" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

  muddypaws 18:09 20 Dec 2010

I was thinking of asking the same question again, but you beat me.
Still no signs in the fields close by here DA3 nor fieldfares. So where are you approx?

  morddwyd 20:03 20 Dec 2010

Had them in the field opposite, only about five metres from a busy road, today for the first time in twenty years.

Six inch covering of snow, and no hedges so they didn't stay long.

  QuizMan 20:55 20 Dec 2010

You are only about 15 miles away. I am in BR5. Mine is a suburban garden and last year was the first time since we moved here in 1986 that they have put in an appearance.

My book of birds says they can be found around farmland so a suburban garden suggests they are struggling to find food.

  muddypaws 22:26 20 Dec 2010

Plenty of food in our garden, so send some down and I'll send you my starlings!

  Belatucadrus 22:29 20 Dec 2010

We had some about a week ago along with a few Fieldfares and a few dozen blackbirds, did their usual job cleaning up the windfall apples and left.
Birdlife around the house now confined to an enormous squabbling mob of tits emptying the feeders as fast as they can, mainly blue but with some great and coal as well. Keeping the floor area clean underneath are some finches robins and dunnocks. We've also got some long tailed tits around but they don't visit the feeders.

  flycatcher1 22:41 20 Dec 2010

We have one poor Redwing he/she does not appear to know where his/her friends are.
Been about for a week and is very solitary.

  Bapou 22:46 20 Dec 2010

Snow or no snow it's usually pretty lively in our garden with blackbirds chasing others away from food. Smaller birds plentiful at the hanging basket of peanuts and so on.

Suddenly I've noticed less of this activity, blackbirds in particular seem very cautious coming out from their conifer sanctuary.

Chatting with next door and mentioning this in the conversation, he spoke of an incident I was not aware of.

Apparently, a few days ago, blackbirds etc were in his garden, suddenly a sparrowhawk was among them and a blackbird was killed and eaten. Next day same thing, another blackbird gone.

I'm saying they have a difficulty in this weather and then realise they have more to contend with than me.

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