November 7th   Leave a comment

No waxwings yet stripping the rowan berries at Balcomie caravan park, but today three mistle thrushes doing their best. Mistle thrushes are never very common around Crail with only 2 or 3 pairs breeding between Kingsbarns and Anstruther. More come in during the winter but like the fieldfares they pass through quickly. Where they do turn up a bird will often defend its particular berry bush or tree against all other comers, chasing off blackbirds, redwings and fieldfares. When the flocks of waxwings come they even try to chase them away but never very successfully against so many competitors. There is often a dejected looking mistle thrush in a flock of waxwings watching its carefully hoarded fruit treasure that might have lasted a few weeks disappearing in a few hours.

Mistle thrush

Mistle thrush

Posted November 7, 2016 by wildcrail in Sightings

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