1 EAGLETON NOTES: A Redwing Visits

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Friday, 22 October 2010

A Redwing Visits

Yesterday I saw the first Redwing of the year in my garden.  Although it was once hoped that they may have become permanent residents in some of the wooded parts of the Island the ones I see are on their was from Iceland to warmer climes for the winter.  They are the smallest of the commoner thrushes in Europe.  Oddly it appeared alone.  Usually Redwings appear in flocks.



4 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures. I wonder if it got left behind...?

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  2. He does seem to be looking around for something in the first shot. Do hope he wasn't lost. A cute little visitor! Maybe he heard you were heading off for warmer climes and was hoping to hitch a ride on the big bird.

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  3. What a sweet looking little bird! Never seen one of those. I wonder if we have them here in the states? I'll look it up...

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  4. Nope, none here.

    It breeds in northern regions of Europe and Asia, from Iceland south to northernmost Scotland, and east through Scandinavia, the Baltic States, northern Poland and Belarus, and through most of Russia to about 165°E in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug. In recent years it has expanded its range slightly, both in eastern Europe where it now breeds south into northern Ukraine, and in southern Greenland, where the Qaqortoq area was colonised in 1990–1991.

    We do have a redwing black bird that is quite striking.

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