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Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Fieldfare

 

Hebrides bird sightings -  Fieldfare

 

Fieldfare

(Stormcock)

Anthus rubescens

 

Photography © Frank Stark
Uig - Isle of Lewis - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
October 20th 2007

 

Our Fieldfare photographs

Fieldfare
Fieldfare
Fieldfare

 

  • Fieldfare (Stormcock)
  • Turdus pilaris
  • UK: Scarce Breeder, Passage/Winter Visitor
  • UK: AMBER LIST. 1- 4 pairs UK (summer), 750,000 birds (Winter) BTO
  • Breeds: Forms colonies. Bombards would-be egg-stealers with faeces, smaller birds nest nearby & share protection. North Europe - UK (not WI)
  • Winters: North to South Africa
  • Habitat: Forest, woodland, scrub, towns
  • Big, bold & beautiful thrush. Plain reddish-brown back. White underwings. Cool grey rump & rear of head. Breast reddish, other underparts white. Breast & flanks heavily spotted. Sexes similar. Gregarious (& forms mixed flocks with Redwings)
  • Diet: Insects, worms & fruit & berries (most so in winter). Favours hawthorn berries
  • Listen to a Fieldfare (RSPB site)
  • Similar birds: Songthrush, Mistlethrush (rarer)

 

Fieldfare from the Anglo-Saxon feld-fere - traveller through fields (foraging)

The name stormcock is apt as they seem to have blown in with the gale. Folklore says it is about to get a lot colder... (3 hours after seeing my first fieldfare of the year on 8th November, 2007 came horizontal, heavy snow showers! ). The Missel Thrush, Green Woodpecker and Fieldfare all share the folk name Stormcock.

 

Fieldfare records in the Western Isles

Uncommon winter (recorded in low numbers each year) and passage visitor (recorded in low numbers each year)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)


The chart below shows how abundant the Fieldfare is during a month or when you are more likely to see it.

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(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)

 

 

Frank's web site of his nature photography
www.frankstark.com

Other local bird photographs

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