Sunday, 19 April 2015

Ring Ouzels

Following my sighting of a Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus on 10 April there has been a period of poor weather, and I have not been able to get back up Batch Valley to see if more birds have arrived. This afternoon was more benign, and I ventured up to the slopes below the Jinlye, a regular place for this species over the last three years. I met with good success, with at least seven birds on the hillside.

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

This species nested on the Long Mynd until 2003, when the last breeding attempt was recorded. A lone male held territory without success in the following year, and since then we have had to be satisfied with birds on passage to breeding grounds further north.

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

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