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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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In A Kells Garden - Song thrushes

EACH month Gordon Nicholson focuses on one of the many birds that pops in to his Kells garden. This month, the Song Thrush.

THIS month I thought I would show you one of my favorite garden birds the Song Thrush, (Latin name turdus philomelos).

A popular garden songbird whose numbers are declining seriously in Britain, the decline in numbers could be down to gardeners using slug pellets to kill off the snails. In winter and autumn numbers are increased by European birds.

They eat snails, worms and fruit, they are also very partial to the cheddar cheese we feed them. They break the snail shells open by holding it in their bill and smashing it against a rock.

A couple of years ago a Song thrush got into our house and I got into a bit of a panic thinking about all the damage it could do flying through the house. But all it did was fly through the dining room and into the living room circled around the light and flew right back out of the door.

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