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fsphil



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:01 pm    Post subject: Red wings Reply with quote

I'm just back from a telescope outing with some friends and family, just a few miles out of town. It was a good night, and it would have been better had I not forgotten to bring the small but essential adapter needed to use the telescope. Ah well Wink

The whole time we where out there I could hear the now familiar sound of Red Wings calling above us, and it got me thinking - just how high up are they? They're quite small birds so they can't be that far away if I can hear them as clearly as I can?

I did manage to picture a bird of sorts... a Swan:


Constellation Cygnus, the Swan
Constellation Cygnus, the Swan
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Kit



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I keep going out and listening, but haven't heard any fieldfares or redwings yet. They probably don't fly over the town, but I keep listening anyway! I am hearing the hundreds (possibly thousands?) of corvids that fly over at first light and dusk, though, on their way out from their roost in a local park to their feeding grounds. It's a huge mixed flock, but the ones you hear most are the jackdaws, chacking away. It take over 20 minutes for them all to fly over, that's how many there are!
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fsphil



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 17, 2009 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They shouldn't be to far away from you now, I'm surprised you haven't heard any yet. Now a fieldfares is something I've never heard before. Are they another species that fly at night?
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Peter



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I heard redwings last night over Bath when coming back from a friend's house (not that you are interested in exactly what I was doing!).
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Kit



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently fieldfares do migrate night, although I've never heard them yet!
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fsphil



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 18, 2009 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just saw a huge flock of red wings pass overhead. There where hundreds of them, heading directly south.

A few years ago I wouldn't even have noticed this kind of stuff Wink

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Corinna



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Small birds migrate at night - big birds in the daytime!

I have Fieldfares here in Hounslow!

All the Thrushes I saw in Shetland are on their way south but I have yet to see a Redwing here!

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Kit



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've never knowingly seen a redwing, I hope one or two come visiting this winter! Fingers crossed
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donalo



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 29, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw 10-15 Redwings today feeding on open grass. I knew they werent Thrushes (much smaller) so had to check the internet as I was unsure exactly what they were. Beautiful birds.
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Peter



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's delights...


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Taken with a Ricoh R8 thorugh a very dirty study window!

Also saw a fieldfare fleetingly visit the garden. Had one extremely agressive and annoying blackbird that chased everything except the fat wood pigeons.

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fsphil



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic! I've still to see one properly - I only get glimpses of them flying overhead at dawn and dusk. They never seem to land here!
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Peter



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They only ever come to our garden when the weather is very harsh - either snow of deep frost. The love the orange berries on our thorny bush. Fieldfares are very much more weary.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A couple of dodgy pics just taken a moment ago for identification purposes in the front garden on the Isle of Wight. This is my first ever sighting of both birds and happened to be in the same tree at the same time.


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Kit



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 5:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely I've had redwings, but no fieldfares yet. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!
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Strixaluco



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Usually we only see redwings here in January or February (and in 2008 they didn't visit at all) but in 2009 we had two visits in November/December. At the moment we're being invaded by blackbirds - we regularly count as many as 13! - and when a lone redwing landed among such a mob on the snow covered lawn today, it was soon chased away. Sad
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