Saturday, 7 April 2012
Warwickshire Ring Ouzels
I had just arrived home from my mornings jaunt at Napton and Draycote, when Tim M phoned to ask if i'd heard about five Ring Ouzels on Gredenton Hill. My RBA phone texts were set for 15mile radius of Rugby, so I hadn't received the news. I soon had my maps out, scouring the area between Northend and Fenny Compton and I soon had the reported spot. On my way, I was hoping that other birders would be in the area as a focal point, and I was pleased to see several birders up on the hill. I am very unfit and arrived very much out of breath! The birders reported that there were five Ring Ouzels (three male and two female) but were very elusive and only showing for seconds / minutes every half hour. Settling down for a wait, the Ring Ouzels eventually showed, distant, in one and twos. Eventually, all five were on the hillside, too distant for decent images, before taking flight, and returning to their favoured gorse area. On and off the birds showed well, but always distant and only for very short periods. Previously, I have only seen single birds, so this was an excellent Easter treat and a very good number for Warwickshire.