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I was alerted to the presence of two Mistle thrushes in Cosmeston’s Cogan Wood by the unmistakable screech of their football-rattle alarm call. It seems they had been enjoying a spot of seed foraging at an old tree the locals call the Dragon tree when they were interrupted by Magpies with the same idea in mind. Luckily for me, once the Magpies had departed, one of the Mistles sat quietly preening on a low branch.

180505 Mistle thrush