A Crush on a Thrush

When I did my Fictional Asked Questions last month, I nearly included a question from “Bored Birder” demanding to know if I was ever going to take birdwatching seriously.  To which the answer would of course be No.   I love watching birds, and taking photos, but I’m not keeping any lists or chasing any rarities.  In fact the one birdwatching activity that I found stressful was the Big Garden Birdwatch, when counting and identification really mattered.  I’m still worried that my jackdaws may have been rooks.

But tonight I could use some help from my readers who know birds.  A pair of thrushes visited my garden in Northern Ireland this evening.

thrush on front lawn (1)

These lovely birds deserve praise on the blog for being kind enough to pose in the golden light.  They also deserve proper identification.  I shouldn’t be advertising song thrushes if I’ve actually got mistle thrushes.

thrush on fence (2)They came and left together, so I assume they are both one species.  I know that Songs are smaller, and more common, than Mistles, but that doesn’t help.

thrush under fence (1)Someone out there must know.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Thrushes is good enough for me 🙂


    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      But just imagine if we were identifying cakes. You would demand accuracy then, wouldn’t you?


      1. Nah… but a deliciousness rating always comes in handy 😉


  2. Kim in Fiji says:

    These birds are lovely. The photos are enough – I don’t need any names. 🙂

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      They really were beautiful. And I appreciated the moment. It was only afterwards that I started being a “bird nerd” about it.


  3. linnetmoss says:

    Hard to tell the difference between those two but given the grey colour of the upper parts, I vote for the Mistle Thrush:


  4. Karolyn Cooper says:

    Thanks Linnetmoss for the link to Carolina Birds. The British Trust for Ornithology also has a factsheet which suggests that the Mistle Thrush has white wingtips: http://www.bto.org/sites/default/files/u23/downloads/pdfs/thrushes_01_2012_low_res.pdf
    So I’m going with your suggestion and calling this for the Mistle Thrush.


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