The mistle thrush
, so named due to their taste for berries, particularly those of the mistletoe plant, are seen in fewer than half the number of gardens they were a decade ago.
The songbirds with most declining numbers are - 1 Linnet (below) 2 Lesser redpoll 3 Song thrush 4 Starling 5 Skylark 6 Yellowhammer 7 House sparrow 8 Tree pipit 9 Stonechat 10 Wren 11 Mistle thrush
The ECHO's BirdBlog writer John Dempsey added: "A lot of birds will defend their nests, Mistle Thrush
and Terns will dive on people.
My BBQ has got flotation screens on it, Mr Cleggaron, there are tidemarks on my garden fence, and what I thought to be a Mistle Thrush
in the back garden, turned out to be a rusty pigeon.
The title is an old name for the mistle thrush
, which is noted for singing out even in the most adverse conditions.
You might see a boldly-spotted Mistle Thrush
defending its favourite berries.
Ahead of the event, the RSPB remarked that Mistle Thrush
numbers had halved in the past 10 years.
uk found; 23 The mistle thrush
, according to the RSPB's annual Big Garden Birdwatch survey; 24 Twitter; 25 60; 26 Motherwell; 27 Saracens; 28 None; 29 Somerset; 30 Cincinnati Bengals; 31 Michael Owen; 32 Four; 33 Stuart Broad; 34 Walter Zenga; 35 Oklahoma City; 36 New England Patriots; 37 Bubba Watson; 38 Newcastle (1998 and 1999); 39 Jon Callard; 40 Sara Errani; 41 Tottenham; 42 India; 43 Madejski Stadium; 44 He was the first man ever to top 100mph during a World Cup race; 45 Barcelona; 46 Graham Alexander; 47 Rodney Parade; 48 Gloucestershire; 49 Brett Hodgson; 50 1990 (Wimbledon).
The fieldfare also has a white eye stripe but it is larger, almost as big as a mistle thrush
, with which it shares a speckled breast.
Listen for the song thrush, mistle thrush
, great tits and blackbirds, above - they are some of the year''s earliest choristers.
After February, birds such as the mistle thrush
will start nesting and hedge cutting would seriously disrupt their activities.
Their survey revealed, amongst other things, that there was a large decline in mistle thrush
numbers, within the gardens of the British Isles.
The species that have seen the greatest increases include goldfinch (inset), coal tit and oystercatcher, while there have been declines in cuckoo, mistle thrush
As well as redwings and fieldfares, other members of the thrush family, including song thrush, mistle thrush
and blackbird were seen in much higher numbers last year looking for food.
Recent walks have discovered a mistle thrush
in St Phillip's Square and a black redstart in St Paul's Square, along with a nesting pair of grey wagtail on the canalside below the BT Tower.