New patch birds are getting hard to come by but this morning one of these robust thrushes flew over Kestrel Court then another perched near the Waitrose scrub. What a fine birding spot that could be – right up there with Pilliga Scrub in New South Wales. Ha-ha, I don’t think.
In the IOC taxonomy mistle is the last of our thrushes before an army of South Americans precedes American robin and a few Caribbean thrushes. Then come the cochoas. Did you know they were thrushes? Did you even know they existed? I didn’t.
All that, and more, happens before we get to our own robin – now no longer a thrush but a flycatcher.
Here endeth today’s flit through the tree of life because the Bristol Ornithological Club has tweeted waxwings in Avonmouth. I’ll have a go at them on the way in to the Bristol Writers Group (and a Post Office that doesn’t have queues stretching out the door, like Portishead).