Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris)
Species
Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris). Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on March 1st 2018.
Taken at Abingdon, Oxon., on March 1st 2018.
(1/400th sec at f9. 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

09-Dec-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (30+)
02-Dec-2018 : Allotment, Abingdon, Oxon (4)
30-Nov-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (10+)
03-Nov-2018 : Blewbury Downs, Oxon (c.30)
04-Mar-2018 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
03-Mar-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (1)
02-Mar-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (20+)
01-Mar-2018 : Garden, Abingdon, Oxon (12)
24-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (4)
20-Feb-2018 : East Hendred Down, Oxon (9)
12-Feb-2018 : Thrupp Lane, Radley, Oxon (2)
11-Feb-2018 : Bury Down, Berks (10+)
05-Feb-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (3)
07-Jan-2018 : Standlake Common, Oxon (2)

26-Dec-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (2+)
23-Dec-2017 : Lower Radley, Oxon (10)
04-Dec-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Nov-2017 : Barnard Gate, Oxon (1)
26-Nov-2017 : Hitchcopse Pit, Oxon (2)
23-Nov-2017 : Farmoor Reservoir, Oxon (1)
16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
30-Oct-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (c20)
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)