BIRD 5

Bird Watching (UK) - - April Id Challenge -

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

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