Nick Baker's Nesting Favourites – No. 8
"Its varied song of often-repeated couplets make it an easy score for a beginner trying to get his or her ear into bird song. But at the risk of including one thrush too many in my list of favourite spring birds, I have to include this rapidly declining ‘common’ garden bird on the grounds of its eggs.
I’ll never forget the first time I peered into the neat mud-lined nest cup (the similar sized blackbird's nest is lined with fine moss or grass). Worn smooth and shaped to fit the brooding female's breast perfectly, it contained a clutch of 5 of the most dazzling eggs (28mm x 21mm). They're like lozenges of the bright blue spring sky, delicately spotted with contrasting black. Heaven in a mud cup.
A pair of song thrush usually raise 2-3 broods a year - occasionally 4 - between March and August."