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Day 76/365: Seasonal visitors [20180317|20:12]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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[the weather today is |fed up with winter]
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The snow departed more than a week ago*, but I wanted to share these photos of unusual visitors to our garden who appeared over the course of that long cold spell. I do believe our feeders kept our local population alive during it, and also provided a much appreciated welcome to the arrivals who’d been overwintering elsewhere. We don’t normally see the following birds in our garden. They only come to us when their need is great.

A wagtail. This one was with us for the entirety of the cold spell, and got in frequent arguments with the robins.

Two starlings pecking at the remnants of birthday cake** while a robin inexplicably leaps over them. The last of the cake had been disposed of elsewhere, but an enterprising mammal [we reckon we have both a resident rat and a hedgehog] dragged it out.

Missel thrush
Missel thrush floofed up against the cold. I’m pretty sure there’s a thriving population of thrushes in our hedgerows, but we don’t see them often. They were willing to brave the garden during the week of sub-zero temperatures.

We also spotted a fieldfare and a green finch, but I didn’t get any decent photos of them.

* I prepared this post yesterday, blithely thinking that because the temperatures had been in the double digits (Celsius) for the past few days, spring was finally around the corner. Guess what it did today. That's right. IT SNOWED. -.-
** Yes, this was the legendary rainbow cake selected by Humuhumu for her Daddy's birthday. We all got a little sick of it so there was a small piece left over that we forgot and then found after it had become thoroughly dried out.

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[User Picture]From: meathiel
2018-03-17 21:17 (UTC)
Great pics ... you must have a good zoom lens.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-03-19 13:45 (UTC)
Thanks! I have a good telephoto zoom, a Canon 70-200 mm f4.0.
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[User Picture]From: lindahoyland
2018-03-17 21:55 (UTC)
Great bird photos. It is snowing in Cheshire too.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-03-19 13:46 (UTC)
Thanks! The snow is rapidly melting away here today. I'm rather glad about that - I'm ready for spring!
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[User Picture]From: daphnep
2018-03-17 22:23 (UTC)
Those are so cool! I photographed a couple of pied wagtails in Ireland—it was a new bird for me. And I love the robins there, they’re so much cuter than North American robins. I love your yard visitors!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-03-19 13:48 (UTC)
Thank you! I've also seen grey wagtails, which are actually more exciting than they sound since they have bright yellow breasts and tummies, but only on the canal itself, not in our garden.

British robins are much daintier than their big brash North American cousins. This is appropriate from the "cultural stereotype" perspective. :P
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[User Picture]From: ravenfeather
2018-03-18 02:27 (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-03-19 13:49 (UTC)
Ha! Indeed. And they did, up until the enterprising mammal returned and made off with the remains one night.
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From: alice_mccoy
2018-03-18 12:14 (UTC)
That looks like a song thrush to me not a mistle thrush. https://www.bto.org/about-birds/bird-id/know-your-thrushes-song-and-mistle have a look at this comparator and let me know what you think.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2018-03-19 13:54 (UTC)
Oh yes, I think you are right! It certainly wasn't "much bigger than a blackbird", as the video says the mistle thrush is.

BTW, has the spelling changed over the years or has it always been a "mistle" thrush? I remember learning about the "missel" thrush from The Secret Garden many years ago and am now confused.
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