Thursday, 7 January 2016

Redwings, Fieldfares and Cotoneaster trees!

Many years ago Linda and I (together with our mates Martin and  Bob) travelled to Peterborough to watch a Black-throated Thrush feeding at close range in a Cotoneaster bush. I say bush: this was in fact a tree - at the time I didn't realise you could obtain such a thing!

When we returned home, Linda and I visited the local Notcutt's and bought one: this we planted at the end of our garden. It's now around 25 feet tall and, most winters, it's loaded with berries. It never fails (even in a 'poor thrush year' like the current one) to attract Redwings and Fieldfares - sometimes in very large numbers. Needless to say, we're always hopeful it will pull in a flock of Waxwings one day!

Even with today's extremely high winds, the tree is packed with thrushes: so if you have a garden, perhaps you might think about investing in a Cotoneaster Tree!

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