Mistle Thrushes

I’d never really considered why Mistle Thrushes are called Mistle Thrushes. It is, of course, because they eat Mistletoe berries.

I discovered that by looking at the scientific name, which is Turdus viscivorus. Turdus means thrush and viscivorus means mistletoe-eating. This one is eating Yew berries instead, or at least it would be if I wasn’t distracting it:

Mistle Thrush - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are very upright and alert:

Mistle Thrush - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are making a ‘zeee zeee’ sound as they fly from tree to tree.

Mistle Thrush - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are here every day.

Mistle Thrush - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

They are gorgeous birds.

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