Mistle thrushes are fierce defenders, both of food sources and their nests. In winter they are often seen guarding specific holly bushes to maintain their food-supply of berries and in defence of their nests are known to take on large birds of prey, including sparrowhawks, barn owls and buzzards.
Can be confused with other British thrushes, particularly the Song thrush (although note the Song thrush is much rarer on the University of Manchester campus). The Song thrush is considerably smaller (20-23cm), has a shorter tail, a richer brown upper parts and more v-shaped spots on its breast. In flight the Song thrush has pale orange underwings, distinctly different from the white underwings of the Mistle thrush.Record a sighting