Category: Nature Photography
Posted: April 22, 2022

Mistle Thrush ~ Turdus viscivorus + an Earthworm

Mistle Thrush + an Earthworm

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Mistle Thrush ~ Turdus viscivorus + an Earthworm held in it's beak on a patch of grass above the river Dodder beside the Lower Dodder Road. Identification ~ About the same size as a Blackbird. Has a very upright stance in comparison to either Song thrush or Blackbird. The face is white with some black markings, while the eye has a distinct white eyering. The crown, nape and back of the Mistle Thrush are plain brown. The throat and upper part are white with some black streaks. This is bordered by a brownish smudge across the breast, with the rest of the underparts white with black spots. The rump is pale grey-brown, while the tail is brown - the outer tail feathers being white. The legs are pink in contrast to the dark colouring of the Fieldfare Voice ~ The most commonly heard call is a loud, rattling "prrrrt", usually given when a predator is spotted or another bird lands in a favoured berry tree. The song is very similar to that of the Blackbird, though less musical and the phrases are more widely spaced. Diet ~ In winter, Mistle Thrushes feed mainly on berries and will vigorously defend a favoured tree from all other birds. Also feeds on insects and earthworms. Breeding ~ Breeds throughout Ireland, though less commonly in the south. Mistle Thrushes are less frequently seen in suburban gardens than Blackbirds and Song Thrushes, favouring larger parks and rural areas. Wintering ~ Irish Mistle Thrushes are resident, with some limited immigration of Continental birds.
Post Type: Photography
Mixed Media: Minor Using Frames in Corel Paintshop Pro 2020 I framed it & edged it in a colour found on the Thrush's back & added text.

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