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