Song Thrush.The Song Thrush is smaller than either a Mistle Thrush or Blackbird and is less upright when standing.They take a variety of food but earthworms form a very important part of the diet. Towards the end of summer if the ground is too hard to obtain earthworms, they take snails and break the shells by tapping them on stones.The long breeding season lasts from March to August.The song thrush is widespread throughout Europe reaching east to Siberia.
The Song Thrush is also known as throstle or mavis & has brown upperparts & black-spotted cream or buff underparts. It's distinctive song, which has repeated musical phrases, has frequently been referred to in poetry. It builds a neat mud-lined cup nest in a bush or tree & lays 4 or 5 dark-spotted blue eggs. Omnivorous with the habit of using a favorite stone as an "anvil" on which to smash snails. Many old superstitions were associated with Song Thrushes such as they could speak 7…
Mistle Thrush 21.1.13 at a very snowy Holme Brook Valley - singing a warning song and minutes later a peregrine falcon appears. Cannot believe it has taken us this long to see a Thrush once one of the most common garden birds in the UK still waiting to see a song thrush.
You can make life much easier for blackbirds by mulching your flower beds with leaf-litter, keeping your lawn mown, planting fruiting shrubs and trees (especially dense, thorny ones) and planting climbers against walls #homesfornature
Are you hoping to see blackbirds during your Big Garden #Birdwatch? They love to sunbathe and they can often be seen on the ground with their wings spread. This is because the heat from the sun can help them to kill off parasites on their wings!