RSPB website identifies birds

Unfortunately your correspondent Pam Snelgar has incorrectly identified the bird in her photo, which appeared under ‘Wildlife’ on page 21 of the February 7 edition of the County Times (Horsham district).

This bird is not a redwing, but a fieldfare, whose distinguishing features are a grey head, grey patch on the lower back and a black tail.

The redwing is a close relative of the fieldfare, but is clearly distinguishable from it because it has a brown head, brown back and tail, and rust-red patches - not, curiously enough, on its wings, but just beneath them on the sides of the breast.

Should you wish to check, I recommend looking at the illustrations of the fieldfare and redwing at , which confirm my identification of the bird concerned.


Caterways, Horsham