BIRD 2

Bird Watching (UK) - - April Id Challenge -

This berry-scoff­ing thrush is at first glance not too dis­sim­i­lar from Bird 1, be­ing es­sen­tially a brown-above-spot­ted-below type of thrush. But a se­cond look should re­veal some im­por­tant point­ers as to why it isn’t a Song Thrush. Firstly, the face pat­tern shows an ob­vi­ous pale su­per­cil­ium (‘eye­brow’) and a well-de­fined pale sub­mous­tachial stripe. The breast spots are smudged and dense, al­most like the mark­ings of a Rock Pipit com­pared to the neat streaks of Meadow Pipit. And look at that flank, which is clearly show­ing a smudgy area of red ochre. This com­bi­na­tion of densely streaked breast and belly, bold face mark­ings and red ochre flank patch, should point you with­out ques­tion to this be­ing a Red­wing.

KEY FEA­TURES ’Typ­i­cal’ thrush pat­tern with brown up­per­parts and speckled un­der­parts Strong face pat­tern with pale su­per­cilia and sub­mous­tachial stripes Char­ac­ter­is­tic red ochre flank mark­ings Dense, smudged spot­ting/streak­ing on breast and lower flanks

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