Wildlife advent calendar: Day 13: Mistle thrush
In the winter months, one of the mistle thrushes most interesting behaviours is sometimes seen in our very own back gardens. As food becomes scarce these birds get a lot more defensive over their resources and will aggressively defend mistletoe and holly trees. This guarding helps ensure their survival throughout the winter as well as increasing the chance of them having a larger number of eggs in a brood the following spring.
The mistle thrush is resident throughout the UK and is commonly seen in woodland and gardens. They are currently a red listed species as their breeding populations have seen a massive reduction in the last four decades.
Image taken from Flickr user Airwolfhound
BTO website- mistle thrush