Thursday, 25 April 2013

Throstle

The Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
 
Although the Song Thrush goes to the bird table, they prefer feeding from the ground.
 
They have a beautiful flute.like song, with each note repeated several times.

They can be seen in woods, gardens orchards parks, and are common in towns.
 
I often see the Song Thrush feeding on the ground with Blackbirds and Redwings.
 
The Song Thrush measures 24cm. It's even brown upperparts and spotted underparts, together with pale yellowish-brown underwing, distinguish it from all other thrushes. Insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates are the main sorce of food but the favourite food is snails. The shells are hammered against stones until they break and the thrush can extract the flesh.

53 comments:

Stuart Price said...

All the thrushes in Japan are shy and skulk around in the forest, in Europe they hop around in the garden!

susan said...

great photo, love the backeround, it showa off the thrush so well!!

TexWisGirl said...

gorgeous thrush! reminds me of our american robins (a thrush, too).

ZielonaMila said...

Beautiful photographs, beautiful bird:) I am greeting

marijke said...

Wonderful photo's of the trush. I love to hear it sing its beautiful melody's. I have them in my garden to and it's always amuses me when he try's to eat a snail.
Have a wonderful evening Sonija

ShySongbird said...

Hi Sonjia :-) First of all apologies for missing commenting on your previous post but I am not too well at he moment and everything is more of an effort :-( Anyway, I thought your photos were superb. Many is the time my husband has been sent up the road with a torch and a bucketful of recently gathered snails to be released in a grassy area at a suitable distance...I swear that every time they marched right back down the road again like soldiers returning to barracks! ;-)

The beautiful Song Thrush is the perfect follow up. If there were more of them in my garden there might be less use for the torch and bucket ;-) Your photos of this lovely bird are beautiful. I do love to hear the Song Thrush singing particularly at dusk.

S. Etole said...

What a perky looking little bird.

Breathtaking said...

Stuart Price
Thats quite true they are less shy in Europe than where you are Stuart,so they must be difficult to photograph,but then you have some fabulous Japanese species which are almost tame, and I love to see them on your blog.

Breathtaking said...

Susan
Thank you Sue:)Everything is looking so green at the moment, and insects and birds are everywhere. This Thrush was looking for worms in the garden.

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
Yes, they are gorgeous looking birds,and a pleasure to photograph.
I have often admired your American robin, it's a lovely bird.

Breathtaking said...

ZielonaMila
Thank you so much. Although it is a common species, I think it is a very handsome looking bird. Glad you think so too:)

Breathtaking said...

marijke
Thank you Marijke:)Their beautiful song is one I love to hear also.It is very adept at breaking the snails shells,funny to watch:) and clever to have worked out how to do this.

Breathtaking said...

Hi Jan:) Oh! I'm so sorry you are not feeling well Jan, and please don't apologize for not visiting. It's not always possible to make comments when life gets more hectic, and especially when one is feeling unwell.I hope you will soon feel better:)You have not lost your sense of humour I see:=)
The image of those snails marching streight back to your garden made me laugh out loud:) It's the best way to deal with the problem though
and we do exactly the same thing. I think I'll mark the shells next time, just to see if they can find their way back!!!
A big hug, get well soon.

Breathtaking said...

S. Etole
Intelligent and handsome also!!
Many thanks for your visit Susan:)

Maria said...

I really like his feather pattern!

Len said...

I understand Throstles are edible and are eaten in many parts of the world including Spain supervised or not!
Len

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

I love these birds. They sing so beautiful. Sometimes I have one in my garden. Great series, Sonjia. Greetings, Joke

Breathtaking said...

Maria
So do I Maria, it's really striking, and easy to recognize.
Enjoy your weekend:)

Breathtaking said...

Joke (Jokes Camera)
Thank you Joke:) I also think it's song has a delightful melody.

Have a nice weekend:)

Breathtaking said...

Len

The Blackbird and Thrush were eaten, are still eaten in many parts of the world, including Britain.

You are on the wrong post Len!!!:)

Rita Vaselli said...

Dear Sonija, the world of nature, the forms of which enchant us, it is always in the struggle for life.
Absolutely realistic, these images are impressive, because scrolling through the screen the thrush seems to move and live .... Wonderful post, my dear! Have nice weekend, hugs! Rita

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Love it.. Close-up and clarity!!!.. Congrats..

Edu. Matos said...

Excelentes fotos! Fotos maravilhosas,bom fim de semana.

Chris Rohrer said...

What a lovely bird!!! It reminds me of our Hermit Thrush here. Fantastic birds!

Breathtaking said...

Rita Vaselli
Thank you so much Rita:)Turning this way and that, he hopped around foraging for food until a Magpie chased him away. You are so right RIta, it's all about the survival of the fittest, and The early bird catches the worm.
Warm hugs:=)


Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella
Thank you Ana:)
Have a nice weekend!

Breathtaking said...

Edu. Matos
Thank you for your very generous comment:) See you soon!

Breathtaking said...

Chris Rohrer
Hi Chris:) Yes, I can see the similarity to your Hermit Thrush.
Both lovely birds!

Enjoy your weekend:)

Terra said...

Oh what a darling bird and your photos are so clear!

Bob Bushell said...

I love the song it whistles, so calm. Well done.

Nancy said...

What beautiful captures of a gorgeous bird.....Interesting that they like to feed on the ground...

Jana said...

they are gorgeous+how beautifully+proud they are posing for u:-)))

Breathtaking said...

Terra
Hi:) Nice of you to call, and leave a lovely comment.Thank you so much:)

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell
Quite true Bob! The calm tempo of their song is so beautiful to hear.

Breathtaking said...

Nancy
Thank you Nancy:) They are becoming a rarity in my garden, as I don't see as many as I used to see hopping around the lawn searching for worms.

Breathtaking said...

Jana
Looking at these photos again, I can see what you mean Jana. He does have a proud bearing about him, and why not.... he knows he's
the most attractive bird around!:=)
See you soon!

Linda R said...

WOW!! These are such amazing photos. So bright and clear.. I just love them.

Breathtaking said...

Linda R
Thank you Linda:)nice of you to say so.

Giga said...

Śliczny ptaszek i z bardzo ładnymi piórkami. Pozdrawiam serdecznie.
Cute bird and a very nice feathers. Yours sincerely.

ioan moldovan said...

A nice birdie and bold ... a true model:))
A great week, dear friend!

Adam said...

cute little bird

Breathtaking said...

Giga
So nice to see you here Giga:) Yes,
he's a handsome fellow, with his spotted feathers. Easy to see in the grass.
Hugs.

Breathtaking said...

ioan moldovan
A stylish gent for sure:))) He gets my attention every time I see him:)

You have a great week also Ioan.

Breathtaking said...

Adam
Yes indeed Adam! Thank you for your visit:)

Jane said...

Thanks for sharing your Song Thrush, and adding information about your post. I never think of adding bird info, great concept! Been gone, think I am back to blogging?

Optimistic Existentialist said...

i love song thrushes...such beautiful birds :)

Sonia Aguiar said...

Querida Sonjia es una magnífica serie de seis fotos. El pequeño tordo miraba fijamente al objetivo de la cámara. Son unas instantáneas muy simpáticas :)
Un abrazo y feliz comienzo de semana.

Julie Hargreaves said...

Brilliant photos

Breathtaking said...

Jane
Hello Jane:)

Glad you're back, you were missed:)

Most nature lovers already know
this stuff, but newcomers who are just browsing might just be encouraged to learn more about nature by reading these bits of information. Well, I hope so!!

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist
Hello Keith:)
Absolutely right! I love them too!
The Song Thrush is beautiful to look at, and it's melodious song is delightful to listen to.

Have a good week:)

Breathtaking said...

Sonia Aguiar
Thank you Sonia dear:) He seemed to know I would not harm him, and allowed me to get quite close. His trust was much appreciated, and made the experience special.
Warmest of hugs Sonia, and take care.

Breathtaking said...

Julie Hargreaves
Thank you Julie:)Have a good week!

coco said...

What bird thrush ... wonderful ... I do not know if I've seen ... maybe!

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