It’s that time of year again: calm, clear nights are filled with the ‘seep’ calls of Redwings and the ‘ticks’ of Song Thrushes, whilst fruiting hedgerows and berry-covered trees become the site for a major feast. I do love autumn thrush migration, especially when you can stand on your Uni campus and watch flocks of up to 70 Redwings migrating overhead during the morning!
So yeah, the thrushes are here! Or at least, in Cornwall at any rate. I awoke from our caravan on the 12th to hear my first few Redwings of the year calling before dawn broke, and in the ensuing days witnessed a fantastic arrival of hundreds (perhaps thousands?) of mixed turdus species falling from the sky into the county. It was superb to see flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares streaming overhead, particularly on the busier days when over 500 were noted. My counts builded gradually from the 12th, as noted in the following counts…
- 12th October – three Redwings
- 13th October – 158 Redwings, six Song Thrushes, six Blackbirds
- 14th October – 25 Redwings, three Song Thrushes
- 15th October – 87 Redwings, nine Song Thrushes, 16 Blackbirds, three Fieldfares
- 16th October – 498 Redwings, 19 Song Thrushes, 12 Blackbirds, 72 Fieldfares
- 17th October – 157 Redwings, 21 Song Thrushes, three Mistle Thrushes