Landgarten von Jutta und Michael Bongers am Niederrhein

Winter guests – Field fares

The fieldfare is a native european breeding bird and populated semi-open landscapes with loose trees, forest edges and bank and field trees. She lives sociably and breeds in colonies.

In winter, most fieldfares leave their breeding grounds. The birds that we now observe are winter guests and come from Northern and Eastern Europe. In small to medium-sized groups, they fall into berries, fruits and fallen fruits, their winter staple food. Often one hears from a distance a persistent, strong “tschick, tschick, tschick” when fieldfares are in the vicinity.

The journey through central Europe will take place from mid-February. Then it can happen that swarms of 100 or more birds visit our ornamental apple tree avenue and eaten all fruits within a few hours.



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