A song thrush has learnt to feed from our hanging feeders. Has anyone else seen this behaviour? Discovered how to upload a photo now!

A song thrush has learnt to feed from our hanging feeders. Has anyone else seen this behaviour? I have photos but as I’m new to posting here, I’ve no idea how to upload them!
Nelda
  • Have never seen a picture like that - the occasional Blackbird having a go yes but never a Thrush. Our Song thrush prefers the scratting through the leaves and picking up any leftovers.

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    Cheers,

    Bob

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  • Thanks for your reply, Bob. I thought it might be unusual but wanted to see what experienced birders thought. We have a pair of song thrushes in the garden and this one spent a few days looking up at the feeder watching the other birds feeding before attempting it itself. The bird flies vertically from the ground to the feeder but finds a more controlled approach horizontally from the hedge behind. Its technique is improving every day! Wonderful adaptability in action . The other thrush has so far shown no interest. However, one of our female blackbirds has been watching, so we shall see.
    Nelda
  • Hello Nelda, welcome from up in the very far north of Scotland, in Caithness. I have never see this before either. I have had the Blackbirds on the feedrers.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

  • As the others said, the Blackbirds in my garden learnt to do it, the male gradually improving over a few weeks, from trying to hover, dive-bombing to knock bits off and finally just hanging on. The female just watched first and then joined in later, so I wouldn't be surprised if other birds follow suit. I've never seen or heard of Song Thrushes doing it before, although I suppose Blackbirds are thrushes too, so maybe it's the logical progression!

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    Nige   Flickr

  • Hello Nelda and welcome to the community forum; what a timely shot showing the song thrush at your feeder, as others have said, I think it's also the first time I've heard of one coming to a feeder so well spotted and photographed. We have a Song Thrush visiting our garden on occasion but mostly it is to our pond area for bathing purposes as most thrushes and other birds love water.

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    Regards, Hazel 

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  • A great photo.

    I have observed carrion crows clinging upside down to the botton of bird pastry feeders,

    I have also noticed magpies, robins and even feral pigeons hanging on to feeders while flapping rapidly with their wings to stay in position as they peck.
  • I have a Collared Dove feeding from a heavy glass bowl of sunflower hearts & suet pellets on shelf just outside my kitchen window, deftly perched on the rim & doesn't fly off even though it can see me observing!

     

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  • In reply to Mark W:

    Hi Mark
    Yes, we have magpies, jackdaws and crows feeding from ours too. They and one Robin in particular can cling to the feeders without any wing-flapping. Like the Great spotted woodpeckers the larger birds seem to use their tails to hold on as well as their feet!
    Nelda
  • We've had blackbirds attempt similar scenarios from our feeders, but probably the best and weirdest attempts we see, are wood pigeons flying up to a feeder, flapping their wings to maintain balance while trying to feed!

    See this video I uploaded a while back; Wood Pigeon stealing from the feeder!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTtiWjxL-DM

    Mike

    Flickr Peak Rambler

  • Robins in my garden have learned the trick of hanging on with wings flapping madly, but the blackbirds are strictly ground level.