Thursday, 14 January 2010

Fieldfares and Redwings

It started snowing again on Wednesday after a day during which the ice and snow began to melt. As a result Jo spotted Fieldfares and Redwings in the garden. For once, new birds were kind enough to stay around long enough for me to get some photos. Indeed – they were around all day. Added to the Pied Wagtail from last week that is three new bird species that the snow has brought to the garden.

The main interest displayed by the Fieldfares was in the little patch of water left in the ponds - where the air bubbles are pumped in.


The Redwings also came down to the pond.  Since the ice is three inches thick in the ponds that aren't aerated it is apparent they are all thirsty.


  1. John, good pictures. It's an ill wind.............

  2. Just look at those jolly bird pictures - and it's not even Friday yet!!!

  3. Gosh. I don't recall seeing your garden like that before.

  4. Redwings do not migrate then. Do other birds migrate to warmer climes in your area? I visited your Natural History Blog, but found no information about the species you have observed. As a former employee of our US Extension Service and a lover of nature, I am always interested in learning more about animals, their habits and habitat.

    Here, Cardinals stay the Winter and doves, but many birds here (even in our "South") migrate. The birds from the North and along the way on the east coast of the USA use the Applachians Mnts. as their guide, flying with the help of up-draft created my the mountain range, turning on a mark, at Mt. Cheaha (which is the highest point in Alabama) either west to South or Central America or East to Florida for the Winter, and, then, the birds fly back up the same path in the Spring.

  5. Redwings do migrate - to here in the winter. Lots of British birds migrate South in the winter (as far as South africa in some cases) whilst other species arrive here from further North. Even birds that are here all year often migrate within Europe so that the birds one sees in the winter may be different to the ones that breed here.

  6. Cute bird photos. The poor things must be having a hard time with all this snow.

  7. Love photos, John! It is so enjoyable to watch the birds in the snow. Their colors are more vivid against the backdrop and it just seems so peaceful.

  8. Rambles (hope you don't mind my refering to you by that name), thanks for your informative reply. I loved your posting today about the wild birds that visit your garden. I left a note.

    Any news of your upcoming surgery? I pray everyhing goes well. I am so glad to see on your blog the smiling faces of your family. They are Christ's presence, "his hands and feet" as the scripture says, on earth for you, just as you and I are Him for others in need. God Bless you and keep you, my faraway friend.


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