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Thousands of birds from Siberia flock to Suffolk farm

Up to 10,000 fieldfares have arrived at the farm in Suffolk

Thousands of birds from Siberia have descended on an orchard in Suffolk.

Fieldfares are regular visitors to Weldon's Farm in Newton Green, where they feed on rotten winter apples.

Most winters a few hundred come to the farm but this year it is estimated between 5,000 and 10,000 of the thrushes have arrived.

Mark Nowers from the RSPB said: "It's a breath-taking sight. I've never seen anything like it. It's not often my colleagues say I'm speechless."

The flock has flown to Suffolk in search of food during the cold winter.

Andrew Wheldon, who owns the farm, said: "Back in the 60s and 70s when we used to have really cold winters, we used to get this regularly.

"These birds started arriving before Christmas when we had the first lot of snow."

RSBP spokesman Mark Nowers said he had never seen anything like it

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