Thursday, December 4, 2008

Fieldfare - Oil Painting

Oils on canvas (14×18 inches)

The Fieldfare (Turdus pilaris) is a member of the thrush family Turdidae. Its English name, dating back to at least the twelfth century, derives from the Anglo-Saxon feld-fere meaning “traveller through the fields”, probably from their constantly moving, foraging habits.

It breeds in woodland and scrub in northern Europe and Asia. It is strongly migratory, with many northern birds moving south during the winter. It is a very rare breeder in Great Britain and Ireland, but winters in large numbers in these countries.

It nests in trees, laying several eggs in a neat nest. Unusually for a thrush, they often nest in small colonies, possibly for protection from large crows. Migrating birds and wintering birds often form large flocks, often with Redwings.

It is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects and earthworms in summer, and berries in winter. (wikipedia)


Mad Bush Farm Crew said...

What a gorgeous painting. We have thrushes here but of course they're the Common thrush. Still very pretty but not as wonderful as your Fieldfare. I know a lot of people complain about oils but I think they're wonderful. Need more practice though with my painting!!!

My girls have told me they think the calf we have should be called a Mooman since she thinks she should be with us inside.LOL. thanks for sharing your fantastic art with everyone.

Take care

Avril Brand said...

Thanks so much for your comment, Liz! Oh, oils are wonderful to work with - smooth, creamy and absolutely lovely shine and texture.

LOL... Mooman is a lovely name!!

Sandy said...


Avril Brand said...

Thank you, Sandy!!!