The poor mistle thrush
is just the latest in a long line of creatures struggling to survive in the 21st century.
The songbirds with most declining numbers are - 1 Linnet (below) 2 Lesser redpoll 3 Song thrush 4 Starling 5 Skylark 6 Yellowhammer 7 House sparrow 8 Tree pipit 9 Stonechat 10 Wren 11 Mistle thrush
It has darker legs and tail than a mistle thrush
, its wings are a richer brown and its head and rump are distinctly grey.
You might see a boldly-spotted Mistle Thrush
defending its favourite berries.
The species that have seen the greatest increases include goldfinch (inset), coal tit and oystercatcher, while there have been declines in cuckoo, mistle thrush
My BBQ has got flotation screens on it, Mr Cleggaron, there are tidemarks on my garden fence, and what I thought to be a Mistle Thrush
in the back garden, turned out to be a rusty pigeon.
Recent walks have discovered a mistle thrush
in St Phillip's Square and a black redstart in St Paul's Square, along with a nesting pair of grey wagtail on the canalside below the BT Tower.
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.
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.
After February, birds such as the mistle thrush
will start nesting and hedge cutting would seriously disrupt their activities.
The mistle thrush
is usually a shy bird and rarely ever seen in urban areas.
Ahead of the event, the RSPB remarked that Mistle Thrush
numbers had halved in the past 10 years.