We have thrown in another front-on bird which looks like what anyone would regard as a typical speckled thrush. The relatively plain face pattern and brown tone should rule out the Redwing and Fieldfare. In a British context, this means that it’s likely to be either a Song Thrush or a Mistle Thrush; which can be surprisingly hard to identify in photographs. The context of the bird in a fruit tree is circumstantial evidence that it is the latter; strengthened by the long, thick bill. The shapes of the breast spots and their arrangement is also strongly Mistle Thrush. In the field, the large size, cold-upperpart tones, and white tail corners and underwing, would help ID it as a Mistle Thrush.
KEY FEATURES Typical speckled thrush appearance Spots are ‘blob-like’ and scattered, rather than in neat rows Upperparts have a cold tone Large, strong bill Blue-greyheadand brownback Blacklores