Video: Record flock of birds swoop on Suffolk

THIS was the stunning scene as thousands of hungry fieldfares descend on a Suffolk orchard - setting a new record flock in the county.

Russell Claydon

THIS was the stunning scene as thousands of hungry fieldfares descend on a Suffolk orchard - setting a new record flock in the county.

Usually around 200 are seen at Wheldon's Fruit Farm, at Newton, near Sudbury, but the inaccessibly to earthworms under snow-covered ground has brought more than 5,000 thrushes swarming on a daily basis.

The sight has also got bird enthusiasts turning up to the fields.

The RSPB has even recorded it as topping the previous record flock in the county - 4,000 a decade ago on the coast at Westleton.

Driven down from Scandinavia in their quest for food, the farm has provided rich pickings for the birds.

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Andrew Wheldon, 63, the owner of the farm, said: “They have probably been here for about 6-7 days in large numbers.

“One of our neighbours from Newton Green got in contact with the RSPB who came down Tuesday and I think they were surprised. They certainly thought it was a considerable sight.

“We always have a number of them here every winter and there has been a few about ever since the middle of November but nothing like the sort of quantity now.”

He added: “There are just clearing up the rubbish and are making a fair mess but it is all good fertiliser.”

Mark Nowers, a warden at the RSPB's Stour Estuary Reserve, who has been down to record the thrushes, said: “This truly was a wildlife spectacle.

“It took my breath away and I was lost for words. There were comfortably 5,000 of them.

“It has been a once in a lifetime thing unless we get a succession of cold winters again.”

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