A flock of 8 or 9 of these birds landed in my relative's garden in Plymouth this morning.
No interactions present.
Almost certain its a Redwing ( Turdus iliacus ). I have recently noticed them in N Devon as well. see pics
The key features are that it is a bit like a songthrush but has a cream stripe over the eye. You can also see some of the red beneath the wing area.
Lots in Northern Ireland at present, but we are thawing out a bit so there is access to grass, leaflitter etc.
We have loads down here in Cornwall at the moment as well. But always a pleasure to see....
Lots down in southern Ireland as well,about 12 arrived last week and devoured every cotoneaster berry that was to be seen on a huge cotoneaster horizontalis that covers my henhouse,over a 3-4 day period.Two waxwings were present for 2 days but left when berries ran out.
I managed a half-decent Redwing photo the other day (see http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/16808) when I spotted a few feeding amnong leaf litter in my garden. We're by the coast in North County Dublin so there was little frost.
there are still some around.
With the Redewings have come Fieldfares and Lapwings. I have never seen so many of each. I know the Bird watchers (or the ones I have spoken to) down here in Cornwall are excited by the numbers, especially the Lapwings.
Unfortunately spotted a dead Fieldfare whilst walking the coastal path by High Cliff [Boscastle to Crackington Haven] yesterday. Also noticed numerous living Fieldfare and Redwings plus a large flock or two of Lapwing [20 strong] moving south and 20+ Gannets doing their thing. It was a really enjoyable walk apart from the dead bird.
Lat/Lng: 50.3, -4.2
OS grid ref: SX4754