This morning (Thursday Oct 30th) I was watching a flock of over well over 500 Redwing flying over the village. A few Redwing breed in Scotland each year but large numbers cross the North sea from Scandinavia to spend the winter with us.
They have a very quiet flight call which you can hear on the
RSPB web site
as well as see pictures of the birds. Look out for a small thrush with a cream stripe above the eye, and if you are close you may see the orange-red patch below the wing that gives them there name.
A large flock of about 200 Fieldfare flew over the village today (November18th). Strangely the flock was almost silent, I only heard one call, as they flew over. You expect Fieldfares to be noisy and that you will hear them before you see them, but not today.
The field to the West of the village on the Kinnaird road had a flock of 50+ Fieldfares on it today. Some were sitting up on the overhead wires and others feeding on the ground below. Difficult to get a good count, because of the difficulty of seeing most of those on the ground. It was only when the first group of 20 or so took to the air that I could see them at all.
Cathy has also see numbers of Bullfinch and Goldfinch in the last few days
Walking along the Church road this afternoon, we spotted a mix flock of about 10 Fieldfares and Redwing feeding on the bottom Glebe field, close to the Glebe gate. Not a very large flock but still nice to see on a bright cold afternoon.
The Fieldfares are back, I saw a small flock flying into the garden today and the dry rasping chatter of Mistle thrush can also be heard, but seeing them is a matter of luck!. The first Pink-footed geese I saw had been in small groups, flying high and probably just arriving from the breeding grounds way up north. Numbers have been building up for about two or three weeks now and in the last few days’ very large numbers have flying over twice each day. During late summer small numbers of Canada geese passed over head, these geese are here all year and do not make the large migrations that the Pink-feet do.
Our garden has now flocks of Long tailed tits coming in daily, some of them a dozen or so birds all making there little contact calls, so that stay in touch. Occasionally other tits join the group, so keep your eyes open!