Song Thrush

Turdus philomelos


Selected new records


Breeding season summary

In spite of the severe cold of Feb 2009, there were two territorial pairs (both seen carrying food in May) and a fledgling was seen in Millcombe on 14 May, with a well-grown juvenile seen there on 7 Aug.


Breeding season summary

Singing birds were holding territory in Millcombe/St Helen’s Copse and Quarter Wall Copse in early Jun, but there was no evidence of breeding.


Breeding season summary

For the second year running no evidence of successful breeding was reported and for the first time since the mid-1980s there were no records of singing (i.e. territory holding) males. This is most likely a consequence of three consecutive hard winters. Equally remarkably, Song Thrush was not recorded at all in Sep, with a thin autumn passage not really getting underway until mid-Oct.


Breeding season summary

No singing males or other evidence of breeding for the third consecutive year.

Autumn influx

22 to 27 Oct – A major influx towards the end of Oct brought 60 on 22nd, rising to 80 on 23rd & 24th and an exceptional 150 on 25th, before falling to a still notable 60 on 26th and 40 on 27th. The count of 150 on 25th remains the highest since publication of The Birds of Lundy but falls a considerable way short of the all-time record of 500 on 25 Oct 1973!

Notable winter count

25 Dec – A count of 25 remains the highest winter (Dec to Feb) count since publication of The Birds of Lundy.


No evidence of breeding attempts

There were no territory holding birds in spring and no other evidence that breeding was attempted.


Autumn influx

26 to 31 Oct – A significant influx  brought 100+ on 26th and over 30 on 27th and 31st. Alongside Redwings and Blackbirds, Song Thrushes remained a feature of island birding until the end of the year.

Notable winter count

28 Dec – A count of 16 was one of the higher winter (Dec to Jan) counts of recent years.


Notable winter counts

5 & 27 Jan – Counts of 21 on 5th and 24 on 27th were among the higher winter (Dec to Feb) counts of recent years.


Autumn influx

15 Oct – A notable influx of 60 birds – by far the highest count of the autumn.


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