The Song Thrush

Another pleasant friendly visitor in decline

Thrush on Telephone Cable
Photo: A Song Thrush on Telephone Cable © Down the Lane

The Song Thrush is on the RSPB Red List

Identification - On first hearing a Thrush you may mistake it for being a Blackbird, both beautiful singers. Unlike the Blackbird, the Thrush will repeat itself.

They are quite shy of humans, so knowing where they are is through their song. For instance; when I saw the above bird on the Phone Cable some 40 meters away I thought it was a Blackbird, zoomed in with my x50 Camera and hey ho !!

Thrushes build their Nests from Twigs, grass and soil and form it to a smooth inner home.

The decrease in numbers is blamed, like Hedgehogs, on less Hedges caused by larger fields and the cutting down of Woodland.

The Song Thrush flies lower than the Mistle Thrush, so hedges and bushes are important to them.

In winter some migrate to warmer climes such as North Africa and Southern Europe, whereas some, who live more in the North of the UK will just travel down to the South of England and set up home there.

They are great Snail eaters and after getting their meal will find somewhere hard to break the Snail Shells open. Once again, this raises the question of Slug Poison, something which very few people think about before using.



Two verses from 'The Darkling Thrush' by Thomas Hardy..

I leant upon a coppice gate,
When Frost was spectre-gray,
And Winter's dregs made desolate
The weakening eye of day.
The tangled bine-stems scored the sky
Like strings of broken lyres,
And all mankind that haunted nigh
Had sought their household fires.

At once a voice arose among
The bleak twigs overhead,
In a full-hearted evensong
Of joy illimited.
An aged thrush, frail, gaunt and small,
With blast-beruffled plume,
Had chosen thus to fling his soul
Upon the growing gloom

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