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Feb 9, 2012

Thrushes have to be hardy

Photo by Darek Delmanowicz
I came across these recent photos of two thrush species today and pondered on their similarities; in particular, how both birds are handling the winters of 2012 on their respective continents.   The picture above shows Fieldfares eating berries in  Przemysl, Poland, while the photo below shows American Robins sipping melting snow, from a vehicle, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.   Here in King Township, in southern Ontario, robins have been evident in large flocks all winter.   The mildness of our winter is in direct contrast to the harsh, brutal European winter. The Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) and the American Robin (Turdus migratorius) are members of the same family and genus but are separated by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. 
Photo by Ingrid Taylar
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