08:10-17:15. Malborough-Furzedown-East Soar and back.

Overnight rain, dry by morning with M-F W wind, increasing F-S and backing WSW mid afternoon.

Very quiet day. Little to add to Robs post but the sun briefly came out when i was in Starehole and 3 Ring Ouzels briefly appeared, 2 looked like males, one definate 1st winter fem. Did not notice any colour rings. Have attached a photo of the back of a what looked like a male ( flew right over me and landed as you see it ) It has some white markings on the nape. If anyone goes down to Starehole looking for ouzels in the coming days it will be interesting to see if or how long this distinctive bird stays  as it is never easy to tell how much of a chngeover there is in individuals over time here, especially in a big Ouzel year  ( plenty of berries in the valley at present so things maybe looking good.) Elsewhere just 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Blackcaps, 4 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrest and a Siskin. A Crossbill flew west over Portlemore Barton on the walk out.

Ouzel with white marks on nape.
Ouzel with white marks on nape.

Posted October 15th, 2012 at 7:34 pm by Perry Sanders in Bird News