Saturday, 1 November 2008


Superb numbers of winter thrushes about.

Heading north over Fairfield and adjacent areas of west Lancaster this afternoon were:

C.550 fieldfares and 1200 redwings over between 1400h and 1545h, mostly in single-species flocks. The largest flock was 320 fieldfares N at ten past two.

The hawthorns in Fairfield paddocks were pulling down scores of thrushes from on high too. Parties were having a quick re-fuel and re-orientating north in double-figure parties.

This corner of the parish had around 300 fieldfare, 600 redwings, 150 blackbirds (mainly 1st- winters) and 50 continental-looking song thrushes knocking about at one point mid-afternoon.

A stock dove was near Pony Wood.

Smaller numbers of blackbirds, redwings and 4 goldcrests were noted in Freeman's Wood.

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