This bathing bird, belly-deep in shallow water, represents the archetypal image we have of what a thrush should look like. Though we can’t see the whole of the bird, we can see enough to have a guess that it is brown above and well spotted on the breast and belly. A closer look reveals that the dark spots are neat, dark arrow-shapes, pointing toward the head (or upward if you prefer) and arranged in neat rows. This should immediately rule out Mistle Thrush, which has more rounded, blob-like spots. Also, they are less well aligned and on Mistle Thrush the breast is not infused with yellow ochre as here. The contrasting pale belly also rules out female Blackbird, and the rather plain face rules out Redwing and Fieldfare. This is a Song Thrush.
KEY FEATURES Warm brown on top with a speckled underside ‘Speckles’ are upward pointing arrows, arranged in neat, dense lines Plain ‘ face’ Yellow wash to upper breast