|Mistle Thrush c. Shay Connolly.|
Mistle Thrushes often avail of an elevated perch, from a conifer top to a high aerial or telegraph wire: to advertise their strong,far carrying and plaintive song that is noticable from January onwards.
As well as being an aggressive species in the breeding season, they also defend a feeding territory, down to one bush, sometimes for the whole of the winter. We have one such bird on the hedgerow en route to the village: perched over a good sized Holly tree, still with berries. Invariably, as I drive past there is a Mistle Thrush perched up on a telegraph wire, perfectly placed beside the favoured Holly tree. Any thrush species that come close to investigate the food store are chased away midst the clamour of an urgent rattling call, backed up by a swooping descent on the intruder.
|Where there's fruit.. there's a Mistle Thrush ( c. David Dillon)|
|Mistle on an ornamental or Chinese Rowan (c. Peter Walsh).|