Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Early Morning Ouzel

An early walk down to the Leas from the Monument car park revealed a fairly cooperative Ring Ouzel. This highland version of the Blackbird calls in on the way to the moors of Northern England and Scotland. Often the first clue is its call, which is rather like an old fashioned football rattle.

When I approached too close he hopped up onto the gate leading from the road to the Lees. The scaly flanks and pale edges to the wing feathers show well. More pictures here.

4 comments:

Carol said...

Hi,I haven't visited for a few days, another collection of lovely photo's...
Especially the swans in flight and that little rabbit!
Cheers Carol.

Simon said...

Some brilliant Ring Ouzel photos Tony.

me and my camera said...

The distinctive white patch is very interesting; otherwise without it the Ouzel is very Crow like in its appearance.

Tony Morris said...

It is actually much more like your American Robin in its habits, being in the same genus.