Cool autumn weather stimulates several species of bird to sing in autumn, giving a feeling that spring is in the air for us as well! This morning it was about +3C and with a thick woolly jumper I ate breakfast in the garden and I was sung to first by a wren (gjerdesmett) and then a large group of noisy thrushes landed, mostly fieldfares (gråtrost), but a few Eurasian redwings (rødvingetrost) were also present and at least one can be heard singing in this clip!
Fieldfares (gråtrost) only take fruit, whereas blackbirds and robins seem to largely ignore apples and eat other crumbs. They defend their apples against other fieldfares. I have currently one bird on each side of the garden.
1. Fieldfare (gråtrost) on apple in snow #1
2. Fieldfare (gråtrost) on apple in snow #2
3. European robin in snow
4. I’ve never seen European robin actually on the bird feeder, normally picking up crumbs below! (Female bullfinch / dompap takes over at the end)
1. Blackbird (svarttrost) and great spotted woodpecker (flaggspett)
2. Bullfinches (male and female; dompap) on plum buds (not too happy with this), there were 8 birds altogether….hopefully they won’t do too much damage… :(
3. Fieldfare (gråtrost) on apple
A small flock of waxwings (sidensvans) appeared today and the second fieldfare (gråtrost) didn’t tolerate them trying to steal the apples
A large flock of up to 35 yellowhammers (gulspurv) appreciated me putting out oat flakes (havregryn)
…and this Fieldfare (gråtrost) sat and defended these apples pretty much the whole weekend!