Saturday, 24 September 2011

Ringing Ouzels

Another quick trip up into the hills this morning with Paul to try and catch Ring Ouzels at the site near Rhayader where we caught a few last year. Unfortunately the local breeding population appears to have disappeared completely over the last 10 - 15 years but they still come through on passage in good numbers about now, feeding-up on Rowan berries.  Steve Jones had seen 7 there the other morning. It was a bit windy and there weren't many birds around (2 or 3) but whilst I was busy catching-up on a bit of much-needed sleep Paul got to take this cracker out of the net!

Photos (c) Paul Leafe

I'm off to Morocco in December, on one of three trips being organised by Mick Green and part-funded by our Ecological Consultancy,  Ecology Matters,  to count and hopefully colour-ring Ring Ouzels wintering in the Atlas Mountains. It would be absolutely amazing to catch one of the birds ringed at this site over there!

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