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    Hundreds of migrating fieldfares and redwings have arrived on the Isle of Man

    NewsBird NewsWednesday 19 October 2011
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    According to Manx Wildlife Trusy, more than 400 fieldfares and 200 redwings were recorded by the ornithology warden on the Calf of Man on the 15-16 October.

    Both species are members of the thrush family and travel from northern Europe in search of warmer weather and food.

    The birds feed on a wide range of insects and earthworms in summer and berries in winter.

    Migrating redwings fly in from their breeding grounds every year, arriving in autumn in large flocks, frequently mixed with fieldfare.

    They are distinguishable as having olive-brown wings and orange-red flanks and underwings.

    Other autumn migrants including Arctic skuas, pintails, pochards, Brent geese and whooper swans have also been sighted on the island in the first two weeks of October.

    Source: BBC News

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