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The Redwing is another winter visitor that breeds in mountainous open birch forest of the far north of Scandinavia but there are a few that breed in Scotland. In appearance it is very similar to the Song Thrush but is distinguished by its dark-brown supercillium, streaked rather than spotted under parts and chestnut red flanks and under wings.

Over-wintering birds spend much of their time foraging in small flocks on fields and pastures and in mixed woodland. They are predominantly insectivorous taking invertebrates such as worms, slug, snails and any insects they may come across. They will also move along hedgerows clearing them of any remaining fruits and occasionally picking up the odd seed.

In harsh weather they will be attracted to garden feeders by other birds but will only take food offered on the ground. In snowy weather they will join Blackbirds and Fieldfares feeding from fallen fruit such as apples but will also take bird food when it is very cold.

Try Bill’s Mealworm Crumble and Fruit and Nut Crumble spread on the ground and even Garden Friendly could be accepted in prolonged spells of bad weather.

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The Redwing is another winter visitor that breeds in mountainous open birch forest of the far north of Scandinavia but there are a few that breed in Scotland. In appearance it is very similar to the Song Thrush but is distinguished by its dark-brown supercillium, streaked rather than spotted under parts and chestnut red flanks and under wings.

Over-wintering birds spend much of their time foraging in small flocks on fields and pastures and in mixed woodland. They are predominantly insectivorous taking invertebrates such as worms, slug, snails and any insects they may come across. They will also move along hedgerows clearing them of any remaining fruits and occasionally picking up the odd seed.

In harsh weather they will be attracted to garden feeders by other birds but will only take food offered on the ground. In snowy weather they will join Blackbirds and Fieldfares feeding from fallen fruit such as apples but will also take bird food when it is very cold.

Try Bill’s Mealworm Crumble and Fruit and Nut Crumble spread on the ground and even Garden Friendly could be accepted in prolonged spells of bad weather.

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