Fieldfare

Fieldfare

Fieldfares are big thrushes with grey heads and rumps, black tails and bright buff chests with black spotting.

They will start arriving to the UK in late September from Scandinavia, with numbers increasing throughout the winter months. Fieldfares start to leave in March although some may stay as late as May. Only a few pairs have ever been known to stay and breed.

Fieldfare

Like redwings, they are sociable birds and will form large flocks of up to several hundred birds with other thrushes. These noisy, chuckling flocks can be found roaming across the countryside feeding on berries, worms, snails and fruit.

In very severe winters they may visit gardens so if you want to attract a fieldfare try leaving out some apples for them.