Redwing (Turdus iliacus)

I suppose one of the most obvious examples of winter migration in the countryside, away from the coast and water, is the substantial numbers of Redwing that come ever year from Scandinavia and northern Europe. Along with their relative, the Fieldfare, get to Dorset very winter.

These two species of thrush are very much at home on farmland and can be seen in hedgerows scavenging the last remaining berries or on the ground hunting for worm and invertebrates.

I have seen mixed flocks of well over a thousand birds at various locations in the county this winter and we have had a small number in the garden too.

The Redwing is very distinctive with its pronounced eye stripes and the reddish coloured plumage on either side that gives it its name as they appear to have 'red wings'.


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