Song Thrush Garden Survey

Monday 25th February 2013

Please help with our Song Thrush Garden Survey. The Song Thrush is a garden gem: a speckled beauty with a spectacular song. Once common, they are in decline and no one is certain why. By filling in this survey, you can help us try to understand why the Song Thrush is disappearing.

Please could you spare a few minutes to complete the survey.

Data from gardens in which Song Thrushes are never seen is also important so please complete the questionnaire, even if you are not seeing these wonderful birds.

To fill in the survey online please visit:

Please tick the appropriate answers, or leave them blank if not known.

Song Thrush facts

  • Most Song Thrushes remain in the same area all year.
  • A breeding territory is established in the late winter or early spring.
  • The Song Thrush has two or three broods a year; the breeding season lasts from March to August.
  • The nest, built entirely by the female, is low down in any suitable cover, including trees and shrubs, creepers and
  • thick ground vegetation.
  • It is a neat structure of twigs, grass and moss, cemented together and thickly lined with mud, dung, rotten wood
  • and leaves.
  • A normal clutch size is 3–5, with one egg laid each day. The female starts to incubate once the last egg is laid; the chicks hatch 13–15 days later. Only the female broods the chicks but both parents feed them.
  • The chicks are ready to fledge at 13–14 days. The young birds will be independent about three weeks after
  • leaving the nest.
  • Fledged young are often left in the care of the male, while the female prepares for the next nesting effort.
  • The Song Thrush diet includes earthworms, fruit, and snails. Chicks are fed primarily on worms.
  • The Song Thrush loves to sing; its song is loud and vigorous. The musical phrases are often repeated, with a beautiful clarity.

The Song Thrush and the Mistle Thrush are resident species in the UK. The Song Thrush (left) is the smaller of the two and has warmer brown plumage.










Please fill in the form online at

or download the Song Thrush Survey leafet, complete the form and return it during April to:

Lorna Shaw
Biological Records Officer
Essex Wildlife Trust
Abbotts Hall Farm
Great Wigborough

For further details please contact Lorna Shaw, Biological Records Officer, telephone 01621 862999 (office hours) or email: 


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