Thursday, 30 June 2011

What's This Bird?


This was spotted in the birdbath this morning. Is it a juvenile Missel Thrush? I'm puzzled by the creamy white band from head to breast.


This Chinook I spotted near my house on 9 June is easy to recognise in comparison.

7 comments:

Richard said...

I'm pretty sure that's a Mistle Thrush. The pale band behind the eyes and down to the breast is more pronounced than most I have seen, but the pattern is the same.

Apart from its size (bigger(, do you know how to tell the difference between a Song Thrush and a Mistle Thrush? The Song Thrush always repeats phrases in its song; the Mistle Thrush never dioes.

Brian said...

Thanks, Richard. Apologies for the grotty photo but I have been trying to snap a very camera-shy Greater Spotted Woodpecker (new arrival, we've had Greens on the lawn for years) and I snatched up the camera and clicked.

Richard said...

Bear in mind that I am not an expert. I misidentified a soddding Red Kite the other day, for heaven's sake.

But it does look like the Mistles that hang around here and annoy the jackdaws.

Autonomous Mind said...

It could be a Fieldfare. There's been a few of them around my way lately and I mistook them for Mistle Thrush at first. But I'm no Bill Oddie...

Brian said...

Aaaaaarggggh! Fieldfare and Missel Thrush were the two alternative possible identifications when I checked my Bill Oddie Bird Book (aka bloody bird book now). Aircraft are so much easier to identify.

Thud said...

juvenile thrush, plenty of them around at the moment, more than usual it seems.

Brian said...

thrush it is.
Good to know it's been a good year for them. Makes up for the lack of butterflies.