The poor mistle thrush
is just the latest in a long line of creatures struggling to survive in the 21st century.
The Mistle Thrush
keeps calling during flight and shows its white underwing patches as it beats its wings - another warning.
While BTO figures show that UK breeding numbers have fallen by a quarter in the last decade, the Welsh Mistle Thrush
population has remained stable.
It has darker legs and tail than a mistle thrush
, its wings are a richer brown and its head and rump are distinctly grey.
The gardens are getting smaller and fewer lawns, fewer worms, the staple food of the mistle thrush
The fieldfare is a large thrush about the size of a mistle thrush
but with a grey head, and the redwing is much smaller, about the size of a songthrush with a light chest and belly, bold dark markings and reddish-brown armpits - hence its name
A male mistle thrush
will stake his claim on a fruitful berry bush, in the hope of enticing a mate with the promise of a food store for the winter and coming spring.
The mistle thrush
is usually a shy bird and rarely ever seen in urban areas.
And, if anyone suggests they should admire a nesting mistle thrush
through a pair of binoculars, they will inspect the eye-pieces carefully for signs of indelible ink.
My own bird list comprises: coal tit, great tit, blue tit, long-tailed tit, jay, magpie, jackdaw, carrion crow, rook, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, common gull, black-headed gull, song thrush, mistle thrush
, blackbird, starling, robin, wren, chaffinch, swift, house martin, dunnock, house sparrow, sparrow hawk and heron.
For stormcock is the folk name for the missel or mistle thrush
This is my list, verified in all instances by my husband: house sparrow, hedge sparrow, blackbird, mistle thrush
(no song thrush), starling, wren, robin, nuthatch, tree creeper, great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl, sparrow hawk, green woodpecker, blue tit, great tit, long tailed tit, coal tit, green finch, chaffinch, gold finch, bull finch, pied wagtail, redpoll, blackcap, wood pigeon, collared dove, Canada goose, mallard duck, swift, swallow, house martin, herring gull, lesser blackbacked gull, black headed gull, heron, gold crest, magpie, jay, crow, jackdaw, redwing, field fare.