Redwings are a common winter visitor to Britain, with over half a million birds arriving in September to October and leaving March to April. They are slightly smaller than the Song Thrush, to which they are closely related and are told apart from the other thrushes in the UK by the cream eyestripe and red-orange flanks and underwings (hence the name). A very small number of birds breed in Scotland each year, but their main breeding range is from Iceland, across Scandinavia and Russia into Siberia and parts of Asia. On migration, they can often be heard overhead at night making a high-pitched "tseeep" contact call to keep the flock together. Their main diet in the winter is berries such as rowan and hawthorn and invertebrates when the fields are clear, during which time they can often be seen with Blackbirds and Fieldfares. They are smallest of the UK's true thrushes (i.e. members of the genus turdus) at 20-24 cm in length.
1: Riverside Park, Southampton, Hampshire, 06/04/2013.
2: Chard Reservoir LNR, Somerset, 03/03/2007.
3: The Meaodws, Sandhurst, Berkshire, 05/02/2007.