I saw two rather surprising garden birds last weekend whilst monitoring my feeders and pottering about. Firstly a female wheatear landed on the shed roof.....
and then glancing over the fence into the neighbouring field I saw a belting great mistle thrush. Mistle thrush isn't the sort of bird one gets overly excited about in many parts of the UK but they're rare here (it was actually an island tick).
Exciting enough developments to shout about one would suggest.
Last year we saw a massive movement of fieldfares and redwings into fields like these which I'm hoping will be repeated this year but in the meantime, Mistle thrush gives me a clean sweep of all the Turdus species on the island list. Result.