Fieldfare in Blackburn, Lancashire, England - January 2014
I have never been able to photograph Fieldfare as they appear shy and wary and roam around in squadrons pillaging berries. They are amongst my favourite in the Thrush family - in fact I love most Thrushes! This was a lone bird which was chased off by a Mistle Thrush but the Fieldfare chased a Blackbird. They are colourful and charismatic. I am glad i can add this to my photograph list. They arrive in October and can leave in March so you may not have long to see them this season.
Fieldfares are large, colourful thrushes, much like a mistle thrush in general size, shape and behaviour. They stand very upright and move forward with purposeful hops. They are very social birds, spending the winter in flocks of anything from a dozen or two to several hundred strong. These straggling, chuckling flocks that roam the UK's countryside are a delightful and attractive part of the winter scene.
Chats and thrushes (Turdidae)
Where to see them
Best looked for in the countryside, along hedges and in fields. Hawthorn hedges with berries are a favourite feeding area. In late winter grass fields, playing fields and arable fields with nearby trees and hedges are a favourite place. May come into gardens in severe winters when snow covers the countryside.
When to see them
They begin to arrive from October and numbers build up as the winter progresses. Birds start to return in March and some may stay into May.
What they eat
Insects, worms and berries.
UK Breeding:- 1-2 pairs
UK Wintering:- 720,000 birds