John aka Josh wrote:Yes, fieldfare. They don't visit my garden very often, almost always when the weather is harsh. The previous time, around 6 years ago there must have been a small flock of around 60 which managed to strip my small pyracantha hedge in less than an hour. It was a great sight! They do seem to like those berries, there's a fair amount of ivy around my garden and I've never seen them eating ivy berries, only pyracantha.
Interesting. We have a lot of pyracantha bushes, but the berries were all eaten by blackbirds months ago, back in the autumn.
Spotted a solitary redwing today, the first I've seen in the garden for a few years. No fieldfares, although have seen them in the nearby large park.
Like others I've been putting extra food out for the birds knowing that such cold weather was coming. Today was the coldest day of the week so far (no warmer than -3 below) and the birds were definitely appearing in increased numbers and clearing the food particularly quickly. I'm based at home and I think I topped up the bird table at least four times today - it's more interesting than working!