The Stormcock

December 27, 2021 at 7:06 pm

The Mistle Thrush is Britains largest song-bird and is also known as the Stormcock. This name emanates from the Thrushes habit of singing at the height of a storm.
Unfortunately,. from a photographers point of view it has a very annoying habit – it stakes its claim to a berry-laden tree and chases off all other birds. This is all very well if you only want to photograph Mistle Thrushes but when Waxwings, Redwings and Fieldfares turn up they are all chased away. I have lost track of how many times I have cursed Mistle Thrushes over the last fifty years!!