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Siskins and Redpolls appealingly absent this Winter?

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Old Saturday 25th January 2020, 11:02   #51
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I rarely see Redwings or Fieldfares in my Nottingham garden, in fact I have exactly one sighting of each in 20 years. I only ticked the latter as a garden bird during the 'beast from the East' when birds were pushed in to suburban gardens. These species tend to be much more rural around here.
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Old Saturday 25th January 2020, 12:05   #52
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I rarely see Redwings or Fieldfares in my Nottingham garden, in fact I have exactly one sighting of each in 20 years. I only ticked the latter as a garden bird during the 'beast from the East' when birds were pushed in to suburban gardens. These species tend to be much more rural around here.
The only reason I (generally) get Redwing is because of my extensive Ivy/Holly hedges in the garden...they are certainly partial to the berries during the Winter, however once they’re exhausted they tend to target animal matter on the forest floor or playing fields.
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The only reason I (generally) get Redwing is because of my extensive Ivy/Holly hedges in the garden...they are certainly partial to the berries during the Winter, however once they’re exhausted they tend to target animal matter on the forest floor or playing fields.
I now have a mental image of assorted small mammals, deer, wild boar and the like fleeing in terror before a marauding force of giant Redwing appearing like cyborgs out of the gloom ...



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I now have a mental image of assorted small mammals, deer, wild boar and the like fleeing in terror before a marauding force of giant Redwing appearing like cyborgs out of the gloom ...



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Strangely enough have seen more fieldfares around this year than Redwings, which is the complete reverse of what we normally get. As for Siskin and Redpoll, haven't seen either so far this winter
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VERY mild winter here in central Italy. Despite being halfway up a mountain (850 metres) the temperature today was 12 degrees, with 14 expected tomorrow. Little rain and no snow but LOADS of Siskins - they empty up our feeders in no time at all, chasing away all the other birds. Last year it was mild too, but less so and there were very few Siskins....
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