Yes, they can be confusing but the size alone is normally enough to distinguish between the two, but as I cannot tell from a photo my next port of call would be has it got a white wing bar and whitish grey face and chin, and do the breast marking appearing as ‘ roundish spots clustered high on the flanks’ depicting mistle thrush.The song thrush breast makings I would describe as tear drops or arrow shaped.The mistle thrush greater coverts are also whitish fringed and the tail has diagnostic outer feathers. So, unless I am completely wrong this is a mistle thrush. I have also posted some further points on page two entitled (thrush or blackbird) Helen.
Due to the weather conditions I never ventured out today which is quite usual for Alan, besides the warmth from the central heating was more inviting than ever for some reason, (must be another age thing.) However I did notice a single goldfinch on my lavender, nothing remarkable about that one might say, but it did set me thinking is this the same bird I have seen for the last three years.
Anyhow very pleased to say it might be as they have been known to live for up to eight years, although their typical lifespan is only supposed to be only one.
The temperature seems to have taken a sharp dive today or may be it is just Alan; hmm thermal time perhaps. Anyhow the blackbirds have now been joined by a large flock of fieldfares and redwings plus a hunting marsh harrier. Still all in all the weather did behave itself in terms of staying dry at least during the daily walk.
Disappointingly though merlin the little owl did not show again today but like the others it seems to have taken shelter in their boxes only venturing out for very brief periods during daylight hours, but I have not given up on a photo, time will tell has I like to say.
Bit of a late start today, I am normally out at dawn but not this morning, anyhow the last few days has been quite good for migrants with large flocks of linnets and blackbirds seen. I even got a shot of a red kite sitting in a tree perusing the look of the land although it could have Alan, not sure how it will look on here but on the pc, it looks quite impressive, photo taken at 90 yds.
Been watching this series by the courtesy of son number three who sends it down through the magic of the wires and I must say it is most entertaining. The series tell the saga of Ragnar Lothbrok and his sons only the sound track is a bit like ones liking for marmite, but strangely enough Alan has become hooked’ on this hypnotic voodoo like music but not the marmite you understand.