Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Species
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on December 28th 2016.
Taken at Otmoor, Oxon., on December 28th 2016.
(1/400th sec at f11. Click image for larger version.)

© David Hastings

Description

L: 22 - 27 cm
 
Fieldfares are large, colourful thrushes, much like a Mistle Thrush in general size, shape and behaviour. They stand very upright and move forward with purposeful hops. They have grey heads and backs, and black tails. They have white undersides which are spotted black, and ochre chests.
 
They can be found throughout the British Isles from autumn to spring. They breed in Scandinavia and eastern Europe.
 
They feed in large flocks on open fields and other grassy areas. In bad weather they feed on berries.
 
Fieldfares are very sociable birds, and flocks can be hundreds strong.
 
The Fieldfare is a Red list species. Around 725000 birds over-winter in Britain.
 

Sightings

22-Jan-2017:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
21-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(1)
14-Jan-2017:Caulcott, Oxon(2)
02-Jan-2017:Standlake Common, Oxon(2)

28-Dec-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(4)
26-Dec-2016:Rushy Common, Oxon(2)
24-Dec-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(4+)
11-Dec-2016:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(2)
03-Dec-2016:Radley Lakes, Oxon(1)
13-Nov-2016:Otmoor, Oxon
23-Oct-2016:Otmoor, Oxon(20+)
27-Feb-2016:Standlake Common, Oxon(10+)
09-Jan-2016:Lower Radley, Oxon(1)

29-Dec-2015:Otmoor, Oxon
20-Dec-2015:Otmoor, Oxon(c6)
22-Nov-2015:Otmoor, Oxon
01-Nov-2015:Baulking, Oxon(1)
08-Feb-2015:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(12)
10-Jan-2015:Lower Radley, Oxon(30+)

20-Dec-2014:Hackpen Hill, Oxon(1)
29-Nov-2014:Otmoor, Oxon(50+)
02-Feb-2014:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(1)
25-Jan-2014:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
19-Jan-2014:Otmoor, Oxon
18-Jan-2014:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
02-Jan-2014:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)

27-Dec-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(c20)
26-Dec-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon
26-Dec-2013:Lower Radley, Oxon
22-Dec-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(20+)
20-Dec-2013:Redbridge, Oxon(10+)
07-Dec-2013:Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon(4)
30-Nov-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(100+)
24-Nov-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
23-Nov-2013:Dry Sandford Pit, Oxon(3)
03-Nov-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(25+)
02-Feb-2013:Otmoor, Oxon(50+)
26-Jan-2013:Cholsey Marsh, Oxon(15)
22-Jan-2013:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(2)
20-Jan-2013:Garden, Abingdon, Oxon(1)
12-Jan-2013:Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon(c.20)