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Are Redwings in UK yet?

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Old Friday 20th October 2017, 17:21   #1
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Are Redwings in UK yet?

Today in Headingley, Leeds I saw a flock of maybe 15-20 birds pass overhead that were about the same size and shape as Starlings, but the flight style and flock organisation was notably different - the flock was fairly loose with birds overtaking each other, splitting off and rejoining, and the flight style seemed thrush-like with flapping alternating with gliding (as opposed to a similarly sized flock of Starlings seen an hour or so later which stayed tightly together with each bird preserving its place in the unit, and fast, constant flapping).

They were silhouetted against a grey sky and passing over quickly so I didn't try to photograph them, therefore don't expect a definite ID, but the only thing I could think of that fit was Redwings - while I have seen Mistle Thrushes flocking together in groups of maybe 8-10, I've never seen as many as this together and they seemed much too small for Mistle (while simultaneously much too big for sparrows, finches etc). However I thought it was a bit early for Redwings to be this far south yet... am I wrong? Is there anything else plausible they could have been?
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Old Friday 20th October 2017, 17:27   #2
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Been in this area of Lancashire for nearly 2 weeks now, in fact I had my first Fieldfares today.
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I had a flock about a week ago in Northants briefly, so I would think it's possible.
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Thanks, I'll be looking out for them if there are any upcoming days with better lighting then!
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Only a few reached Scilly in the last week.
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Old Friday 20th October 2017, 20:49   #6
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Been in this area of Lancashire for nearly 2 weeks now, in fact I had my first Fieldfares today.
In small numbers for the past 2-3 weeks, but in the last couple of days they've really been flooding in, with e.g. over 90,000 counted yesterday along the UK east coast (and that's probably only a small fraction of the actual numbers):
https://twitter.com/SteelySeabirder/...04985878614016
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They've been reported at Slimbridge this week...
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Standing on cliff, in thick fog, at Flamborough on Thursday and could hear flocks coming in off the sea over head. Just couldn't see them!
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Old Sunday 22nd October 2017, 07:02   #9
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fieldfares were reported a week ago at Paxton pits in huntingdonshire and they and redwings travel together.
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