A Cotswold Year - Charting the seasons in the South Cotswolds


Monday, 5 December 2011

Fieldfare

A beautiful cold but sunny day saw us wrapped up and out for a walk around the Westonbirt Arboretum. We enjoyed a wonderful spectacle of groups of thrushes calling as they flew around from tree to tree where they were feeding on berries. This Fieldfare was amongst them, beautifully marked but it didn't stay still for very long. Fieldfare and Redwing move in from the continent to take advantage of our milder climate. As the Scandinavian food sources becomes scarce they move into the UK to advantage of our hedgerow berries and any other fruit left over in the countryside, including windfall apples.

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