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Friday, 29 December 2017

Fieldfares arrive with the snowfall

A flock of fieldfares arrived in my garden today

What a lovely surprise to see these colourful winter thrushes perched on the snow laden-branches of the sweet chestnut tree. It's been a few years since fieldfares have visited my Northumberland garden - hopefully they will find some berries to eat!

The Fieldfare
by John Rickell

Lonely on a crab tree top
speckled breast and grey-blue head,
against the melting snow.
Have you lost your way....?
You are welcome to round red fruits,
pears I threw from the bedroom window.
Where are your friends, out in the fields?
Why not tell them of your luck...
sultanas on the lawn at eight
just as the sun was rising,
yew and ivy through frosty nights,
a bath to bathe or drink.
When you return to northern lands
tell your mates and families
there's a welcome waiting here
no matter what the weather.


  1. Hope your feathery friend returns with his mates or they will miss out on a scrumptious feast.
    Lovely wintry pics!

    1. Thanks for your comment :) We had at least three inches of snow in as many hours but it is melting fast!

  2. It is wonderful to read about your Fieldfares. We get them occasionally in really bad weather and once or twice they have fed on apples on the lawn - by this time of year Blackbirds and Wood Pigeons have gobbled up all the garden berries! A lovely poem too.

    I hope you had a lovely Christmas and wish you a Happy New Year.

    1. Thank you! Had a lovely Christmas thanks - quiet now as the 'children' have all gone off again! Just like the fieldfares! It was my 24 year old daughter who spotted them from her bedroom window so that was quite lucky! In fact, the berries are long gone so I think they were just passing through. Luckily most of the snow has melted - thank goodness!

      Happy New Year to you too and I look forward to reading your blog in 2018!

  3. Excellent spot! These fieldfares certainly don't look lonely like the one in the poem.

    1. Yes, I just wish I'd spotted them first! Glad you enjoyed the poem too :)