|Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)|
So as I hadn't seen them before I was keen to do my research, this is what I found:
|Showing off its tail feathers|
|Basking in the sunshine|
- They are a winter visitor to the UK from north east Europe, a very few may stay to breed - as little as 1 - 2 pairs.
- There are around 720,000 Fieldfares that visit us in the winter.
- The RSPB gives them a Red Status as they have suffered a decline in their breeding population since 1969.
- They are 26cm long, have a wingspan of 40cm and weigh 100grams.
- Their latin name translates as hair thrush (turdus = thrush, pilus = hair)
- They are members of the thrush family and Fieldfares look similar to Mistlethrushes being a similar size and shape. There is a useful BTO video that helps you to tell the difference.
- You are most likely to see them in open countryside that has hedgerows and woodland nearby.
- Fieldfares prefer to eat grubs and worms but if the ground is frozen they will eat windfall apples and berries.
- Fieldfares are known to be great defenders of their territories when breeding and also of food sources in winter. They have been seen chasing off Magpies and Jays and are known to dive bomb people getting too close to their territory's when breeding. (thanks
- They tend to arrive in the UK in October or November, they are later if there are plenty of berries to eat in Scandinavia. They start to return in March though some may stay as late as May.
Well I hope you enjoyed reading about these birds, here's a few links if you want to want to find out more: