The Redwing is a winter visitor to Ireland but does not breed here. It breeds in mainly Iceland and Scandanavia and comes here in the Winter and although it is fairly common it is not often seen in gardens and urban areas as it prefers open grasslands. We do not often see a redwing in Kerry.
It feeds on worms and also on berries. It is a member of the thrush family with similarities to the song thrush and mistle thrush.
When the fields are covered with snow or frost the redwing sometimes makes its way to gardens in search of food, which is why we are lucky enough to get a glimpse of this beautiful bird today.
Which is why sometimes bad weather is good weather!
Here are more images of the Redwing in Kerry in March 2018: