Listen for the song of a Mistle Thrush

Found in open woods, parks, hedges and cultivated land, the mistle thrush is a bird common to much of Europe. It is a large thrush, larger than a song thrush, with pale grey-brown upperparts, a greyish-white chin and throat, and black spots on its pale yellow and off-white underparts. The male has a loud, far-carrying song which is delivered even in wet and windy weather, earning the bird the old name of “stormcock”.


Mistle thrush

The mistle thrush is a permanent resident in the UK and be spotted on Lyth Hill all year round. Lyth Hill provides, arguably, some of the best panoramic views of the south Shropshire Hills, from The Wrekin in the east to Wenlock Edge in the southeast, and the Stiperstones in the southwest. The site has areas of woodland, scrub, and open grassland providing a wildlife refuge on the outskirts of Shrewsbury, a perfect habitat for Mistle Thrush. There is a good path network around the site and this is a fantastic site for walks and also a popular area for jogging.

For more information on the mistle thrush visit the RSPB webpage.