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At this time of year we watch out for migrant thrushes from Scandinavia, migrating SW to avoid snow. Redwings and Fieldfares usually arrive in the UK at the beginning of October, but this year, mild conditions throughout Europe has meant that they have been able to stay longer near their breeding areas. Last week saw the first significant arrivals; always a welcome sight as they feed on fallen fruit in the orchards. If we get any severe weather here, they move on to Ireland or Brittany. Alastair Henderson