Ring Ouzel

26 Oct 2012
Ring Ouzel by Neil Calbrade

A week is a long time in bird migration! Just 7 days ago the absence of Fieldfares headlined, but that all changed dramatically on Monday and Tuesday. A combination of reasonably good conditions for leaving Scandinavia, an easterly airflow, and blocking fog over eastern Britain resulted in huge numbers of thrushes heading our way then being grounded along much of the east coast. Not only were there awe-inspiring numbers of Redwing, Fieldfare and Blackbird but a much scarcer migratory thrush, Ring Ouzel, was very much in evidence too, with double figure counts at numerous coastal sites.