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Wild watch: song thrush

31 March 2014 | Posted in Author , Birds ,

Author Vicky Whitaker

song thrush / Neil Fletcher song thrush / Neil Fletcher

As we finally spring forward into summertime, you may not need your alarm clock as even in the suburbs the mounting dawn chorus can wake you up. Our resident song birds, including the song thrush, are already in full song and proclaiming their territories.

  • Speckle-breasted song thrushes are a familiar bird, found anywhere with bushes or trees such as woods, hedgerows, parks and gardens, but their numbers have declined seriously since the 70s.

  • Smaller than a blackbird these songsters live up to their name with a beautiful repertoire of over one hundred phrases. Song thrushes often choose to repeat the same phrase three or four times and their repertoire becomes richer and more complex as the bird ages.

  • You may see them in your garden feeding on berries, worms or snails, often using a favourite stone or anvil to crack open the snails shell with a flick of their head. Early nesters, they start breeding in March in a nest lined with smooth mud and shaped like the inside of a coconut. They produce two or three broods, and each clutch contains three to five bright blue, spotty eggs.

Let us know if you hear or see these songsters in your garden, you can leave a comment below or ring Sussex Wildlife Trusts wildlife information hotline WildCall 01273 494777.

Comments

  • David Mills:

    01 Apr 2014 08:02:21

    Thrush seen hunting yesterday (31/3) in my garden at RH16 3EL. Thrushes are regularly seen but not every day.

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