Author Vicky Whitaker
As we finally Ĺspring forwardĺ 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 snailsĺ 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 Trustĺs wildlife information hotline WildCall 01273 494777.