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Redwings are the smallest thrush species you're likely to see in the UK and they can be easily identified by their orange-red coloured flanks.  Only a handful of Redwings live and breed in the UK all year round, so the annual arrival of wintering birds from Scandinavia and Iceland is a welcome treat for birdwatchers.

These cold weather visitors are a bit darker than the resident Redwings and tend to be slightly bigger with longer wings - possibly to cope with the extra distance they travel.  Look for them on trees and shrubs with winter berries - especially Hawthorn and Mountain Ash.

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