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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

November Bird of the Month - Fieldfare

November Bird of the Month - Fieldfare

The Fieldfare is a large, stocky thrush and in flight you should look for the long tail, pale grey rump and
white underwings. The sexes are similar. The head is blue-grey with a pale supercilium, the back is
chestnut and the breast and flanks are streaked and washed with orange-yellow.

In summer the birds feed on insects and worms. On their breeding grounds in north and east Europe
Fieldfares nest in loose colonies as a protection from corvids. They hate corvids and have been seen
actually pursuing them and bombarding them with excrement!

Hopefully we will see some of these striking birds on our field trips to either Conyer Creek or Cliffe Pools

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