Another winter visitor from Scandinavia is the Redwing (Turdus iliacus).
These form large flocks with another migrant thrush, the Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris).
Figures from last week's RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch and the BTO Garden Birdwatch Survey reveal that the number of reported sightings of Fieldfares in UK gardens has increased by 441% over the past week! Redwing sightings are up by 137% (information from Birdwatch Magazine). Last Saturday just before the snow arrived the field outside the house was covered in Redwings and Fieldfares ... far too many to count. They were feasting on the insects and worms before removing all the berries from our Holly tree.
Photos by Andy Mason