Wildlife advent calendar: Day 14: Fieldfare
The ‘Chack-Chack’ sound of these large, colourful thrushes is heard more and more as autumn turns into winter. As the days get darker and the temperature drops, fieldfares flock to the UK from Scandinavia. The time and numbers that arrive here depend very much on the berry crops back in their breeding grounds. If the crop is good then they will arrive much later at the beginning of winter, if the berry crop is bad large numbers will arrive in early Autumn.
They can be found all across the UK, except the very northern highlands of Scotland, from October until March. Like the mistle thrush they are also on the UK red list due to a decline in breeding populations.
Image taken from Flickr user Tom Lee
BTO website – Fieldfares