Redwings are the UK’s smallest thrushes with prominent pale stripes above their eyes and reddish-orange flanks. They start arriving over here from Scandinavia in September with many more turning up in October and November.
They can be spotted in open countryside foraging in hedges and grassy fields, often forming flocks with other thrushes such as fieldfares and mistle thrushes. You will also find them in orchards and in very cold winters they will venture into parks and gardens in search of food. They like to eat berries and worms.
Redwings have a thin, high-pitched “seeeee” call which they use to communicate with each other in flight and can often be heard overhead in late autumn.