Can You Identify This Pretty Little Bird?

Avalus took some good photos of this little guy, but he hasn’t been able to identify what type of bird this is. My bird guides are North American, so not really useful to identify a European species, but I bet that one of you can help us figure this out. Leave us a comment with your ideas.

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  1. quotetheunquote says

    Nice bird! Yes, a Fieldfare -- being from the wrong side of the pond, as it were, I’ve almost never seen one.

    By the way, not such a “little guy” really -- as thrushes go, more or less mid/upper-mid sized (25 cm body length).

  2. lumipuna says

    Apparently, fieldfares mainly breed in northern areas, and breeding season (summer) is also when they come to raid gardens and strawberry farms for soft fruit. Here in Finland fieldfare is a well known garden pest, and generally considered one of the least “pretty” birds. It’s the only thrush species I can identify on sight.

    A few years ago, there was a fieldfare nest in shrubs right under my university office window. There were three chicks that suddenly disappeared well before they were fully grown. Probably eaten by a smart and attentive crow that found the nest because humans kept looking at it. OTOH, the nest wasn’t very well hidden to begin with.

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