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Recent Ring Ouzel sightings

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2022 Sightings

Spring/Summer breeding 2022

28th July 2022 (Victoria Banner)
St Ives, Cornwall
Seen on telegraph wire in Towednack Lane, St Ives, Cornwall. Grid ref: SW50169 39413 approx. I heard a call I didn't recognise, I looked up and saw the bird.

1st July 2022 (Paul and Emma Starsmore)
Middleton in Teesdale
Nr. Hamsterley forest - Middleton in Teesdale. Male and two females seen in Sharnberry Gill, as the path widens into a lay by on the track down to the old quarry works. Seen flying around the Gill and settling on trees to the right just past a concrete building (right hand side) at 15:00 hrs on 1st July 2022.
Grid ref. 00844/ 30756 (approx)

27th June 2022 (Marlene Burdett-May)
Dam Mill, Codsall, Wolverhampton
We spotted both male and female ring ouzels today 27.6.2022 male in a large tree in meadow, and female to our right in a tree from our garden room/hide in Coniston Road looking towards Dam Mill Codsall.

25th June 2022 (Alexandra Newman)
Ennerdale, Lake District
Sighted in Lake District on upper part of Pillar walking up from Ennerdale . Male and female seen.

23rd June 2022 (Alan Ellis)
St Just, Cornwall
In the old quarry below Kenidjack Castle, nr St Just, Cornwall. grid ref: sw 354 327

20th June 2022 (Meg Stark)
Penyghent, North Yorks
Male seen flying over shakehole containing Hunt and Shrapnel Pots near Penyghent.
SD 82635 74040

19th June 2022 (Bob Wade)
Reeth, North Yorks
Walking across the north yorks Moors between keld and Reeth we saw at least 6 pairs today. Near the Old Gang lead mine and Surrender bridge we saw around 4 pairs.

16th June 2022 (Gareth Bickerdike)
Wasdale Head, Cumbria
Yewbarrow. 2 Ring Ouzels spotted in flight chasing each other on summit plateau around 10.30am on 16th June '22

16th June 2022 (Meg Stark)
Penyghent, North Yorks
Male seen flying up a small gorge on the flanks of Plover Hill, Penyghent, SD 854 736

12th June 2022 (Meg Stark)
Gunnerside Gill, Swaledale
12th June 2022, male seen in upper Gunnerside Gill, near Eweleap Scar. SD 939 023
and another 200m downstream. Possibly the same bird but I don't think so.

8th June 2022 (Anne White)
Gunnerside Ghyl, Swaledale
1 male Ring Ouzel sighted on upper part of Gunnerside Ghyl in Swaledale adjacent to disused Industrial Smelting Building at Middle Bank

7th June 2022 (MARK SIMON WILSON)
Howgill Fells, South Lakeland
Male Ring Ouzel seen at Cautley Spout, Howgill Fells, South Lakeland on Tuesday 7th June 2022 at 11.47am. Grid Ref SD 67999742 sat on a boulder preening above the waterfalls. Heather and Bilberry bushes in immediate area, shorter grass in valley below.

7th June 2022 (Tom Brunt)
Langsett Moors, Peak District
Grid reference SK 209986 1 ring ouzel seen (and heard)
Grid reference SK 175993 2 ring ouzels seen (and heard, one calling loudly and repeatedly)

5th June 2022 (Wendy Pawley)
Sway, New Forest
On the ground , heather and gorse , New Forest near Sway. Grid ref 274995.

3rd June 2022 (Pete Curran)
Scar House, North Yorks
Four stunning photos of adults and fledglings taken by Pete Curren in early June 2022 at Scar House Reservoir, North Yorks.

3rd June 2022 (Timothy Rowley)
Dane Bower Quarry, Derbyshire
Pair of Ring Ouzel at Dane Bower Quarry on the Derbyshire/Cheshire boarder

3rd June 2022 (Simon James)
Carn Menyn, Pembrokeshire
1 juvenile ring ouzel spotted today (03/06/22) at Carn Menyn in the preseli hills pembrokeshire

31st May 2022 (Paul Jones)
North Norfolk
North Norfolk. Male ring ouzel feeding.

30th May 2022 (Rob Pieroni)
Patterdale, Lake District
Yesterday, 30/4/22. Location, high the pathed descent from St Sunday Crag towards Patterdale, Lake District. We were alerted by its birdcall and stopped to look. We observed for a few minutes but have no photos, sorry. This appears to tie in with a reported sighting on Fairfield last year.

28th May 2022 (David Godfrey)
Pinnacle Ridge, Lake District
28/5/22 about 3pm on Pinnacle Ridge, St Sunday Crag NY368138
Landed briefly on one of the pinnacles, spotted me and flew east with 'cluck' call.

29th May 2022 (Jim Salmon)
Buttermere, Cumbria
On the top of Melbreak, Buttermere, Cumbria. Single male Ring Ouzel in flight. Late morning 29th May 2022.

28th May 2022 (Sheila Pankhurst)
Wasdale Head, Cumbria
Cumbria, near Wasdale Head, 28th May. Four or five birds seen/heard near the summits of Yewbarrow and Red Pike between 2pm and 6pm. Pair in rowan tree on the side of Bell Rib, male singing. Other sightings all of single male birds, feeding on the ground and/or perched on rocks calling.

28th May 2022 (Dave Skirvin)
Alport Castle, Peak District
Male spotted at Alport Castles in the Peak District on Sunday May 28th. Grid reference: SK145910

25th May 2022 (Bradley Reed)
Pen yr Ole Wen, Snowdonia
Spotted around 5pm 25/05/2022 on the ridge East ridge of Pen yr ole wen at about 750m height (SH 662 618). Spotted the distinctive ring under the 'chin' and the 2 tone chirp.

24th May 2022 (Alan Cooper)
Isle of Skye
At top of cliffs above loch langaig Isle of Skye. Viewed twice in different places on the cliff top and it was calling loudly. Viewed 24/5/2022 about 6pm clearly from footpath below with Canon 12x10 stabilizing binoculars.

23rd May 2022 (Lance Miller)
Isle of Skye
Male ring ouzel
The Quiraing, Isle of Skye
Grid ref NG 448688

22nd May 2022 (Linda Elliott)
Scottish Borders
Seen on 22 May 2022 around hedge dividing fields near Chirnside, Scottish Borders

22nd May 2022 (Tom Brunt)
Swaledale, North Yorks
3 ring ouzels seen on May 22 in Gunnerside Gill, Swaledale. All in the upper part of the valley (grid reference 936018).

20th May 2022 (Rob Sidwell)
Wasdale, Cumbria
Single bird seen calling on summit of Yewbarrow , Wasdale, Cumbria May 20th 2022.

19th May 2022 (Tom Bailey)
Rosthwaite, Cumbria
May 19th, 2022. Mid afternoon
Single Ring Ouzel seen and heard calling in amongst rocks and vegetation (juniper?) at the top of Tongue Gill leading down from High Spy (Maiden Moor) towards Castle Crag nr. Rosthwaite, Cumbria.

13th May 2022 (Wendy Allison)
Llanberis, Gwynedd
Male observed at Dinorwic quarry, Llanberis, Gwynedd on Friday 13th May during the evening. He was perched on a rock calling for several minutes. A return call was heard but the bird wasn’t seen so it’s not possible to identify if it was male or female. A magical experience listening to the call echoing round the old quarry.

12th May 2022 (Anna Berry)
Brighton, West Sussex
Male ring ouzel 6am this morning 12.5.22 on Hollingbury Golf course in Brighton


Early Arrivals 2022

30th April 2022 (Jenny Carley)
Framlingham Suffolk
Male Ring Ouzel on my front lawn in Framlingham Suffolk IP13 9 at 1900 hrs Saturday 30 April 2022. Stayed about 15 minutes and found a couple of earthworms whilst poking about in the short grass. A first time spot for me!

30th April 2022 (Alex Westenberger)
Cow Green Reservoir
Male and female seen copulating and gathering nesting material at Cauldron Snout waterfall south of Cow Green Reservoir. Possibly more than one male present.

29th April 2022 (Helen Roberts)
High Peak, Derbyshire
Spotted yesterday (9am 28 Apr 22) in Combes, High Peak, Derbyshire. Appeared to be being chased by 2 crows/jackdaws

29th April 2022 (Sally Johnston)
Woolacombe Down
Possibly 2 females seen between Marine Drive and Woolacombe Down. Definitely not blackbirds!

28th April 2022 (Lynn Thomson)
Ullapool, Ross-shire
Male Ring Ouzel sighted on 28th April 2022 afternoon on the north east aspect of Beinn Enaiglair mountain near Ullapool, Ross-shire. Bird sighted on craggy area above hill path as it broke cover & flew off. Approx grid ref 232811.

28th April 2022 (Paul Glynn)
Starbotton, Upper Wharfedale
2 pairs above Starbotton in Upper Wharfedale at 17:50 on 28.4.22

28th April 2022 (Susan Jesudason)
mid Norfolk
24-28 April 2022 A male ring ouzel has been living in our garden for the past three or four days. There may be a female as well but that is unconfirmed. They seemed to arrive with a flock of fieldfare although that could be a coincidence. Our garden is in mid Norfolk and surrounded by farms.

26th April 2022 (James Park)
Kent/East Sussex border
Rolvenden Layne. Border of Kent and East Sussex
Sighted single male for two consecutive days in the garden.

26th April 2022 (Jacqui Yard)
East Knapton, North Yorkshire
Spotted a female Ring Ouzel today in our garden. First ever sighting, had to look it up.
We are in North Yorkshire, YO17 8HZ.
Hope she find her way to wherever she should be.

25th April 2022 (Marian Matthews)
Lonscale Crags, Keswick
Male and female ring ouzel on Monday 25th April . About midday.
Bottom of Roughten gill ( opposite Lonscale Crags, Keswick.)
The male was sitting on the corner of a disused building for some minutes. It then flew away and the female arrived.
I have a very poor photo ( phone camera) but I had binoculars fortunately.

25th April 2022 (John Sedgwick)
Carrock Fell, Cumbria
2 pairs amongst boulders at the foot of Carrock Fell, Cumbria, approx 1km north of Mosedale. Both males singing. Grid Ref: NY 35335 33762.

25th April 2022 (Nigel Barratt)
Neatishead, Norfolk
Friends of ours at Neatishead in Norfolk - both very reliable observers - reported a male on their farm track and then in their garden this morning.
I joked they must be unique in having a garden record for both Swallowtail butterfly and Ring Ouzel!

24th April 2022 (Robert Hannam)
Dumfries & Galloway
B797 Mennock Pass road Dumfries & Galloway. NS 871106. Male seen 16/04/22 at 7.30am. Heard singing faintly on previous days. The only sighting so far this year.

20th April 2022 (Ronald Harrison)
Middleton In Teesdale
Pair of ringouzels spotted a half mile down from Cauldron Snout in Middleton In Teesdale. Seen on 20 th April 2022.

20th April 2022 (Charles Pink)
Quairang , Skye
Female on the Quairang , Skye

18th April 2022 (Peter Koscianski)
Calf Hey Reservoir, Lancashire
Male seen Monday, April 18, 2.30pm, at Haslingden Grane near Calf Hey Reservoir, along section of the Rossendale Way. Grid reference 742 227. Sunny, dry, but cool conditions. Remote hillside/moorland location.

18th April 2022 (Maria Macklin)
Rugeley, Staffordshire
Ring Ouzel. Seen 18th April 7pm stopped off at bird bath for drink and a dip.
Grid ref... SK 03418 19188

17th April 2022 (Timothy Rowley)
Cut Throat Bridge, Derbyshire
At least one pair of Ring Ouzel around Cut Throat Bridge in Derbyshire today were around the stream coming off the moor.

17th April 2022 (Craig Hewlett)
Tobermory, Isle of Mull
I heard a very unusual call(to me that is) high in a treetop in Tobermorey. The bird looked like a blackbird but had a white chest. I too a very bad photograph.When we returned from our walk I found the bird in my observer book of birds and then checked images on the Internet. Very exciting for me - especially after my chough sitings in Cornwall last tear.

16th April 2022 (Robert Hannam)
Mennock Pass, Dumfries & Galloway
B797 Mennock Pass road Dumfries & Galloway. NS 871106. Male seen 16/04/22 at 7.30am. Heard singing faintly on previous days. The only sighting so far this year.

16th April 2022 (Sheila Pankhurst)
Fairfield, Cumbria
Cumbria, Fairfield- single male bird singing repeatedly , 7.30 -8.00pm approx, Sat 16th April. below Cofa Pike. Lovely to hear, frustratingly couldn’t spot the bird but approx grid location from the sound 358 123.

16th April 2022 (Bill Harker)
Arkengarthdale, N Yorks
I have seen a male and female flying together and a solitary male on a wall top, today (16/04/2022) at the head of Fore Gill, Arkengarthdale, (Grid Ref. NY 9905 01008)

15th April 2022 (Sarah Stephens)
The Roaches, Staffordshire
Mixture of heathland and woods. Pair sighted in a tree.

14th April 2022 (Peter Cast)
Hathersage Moor, Peak District
April 14th, 2022 around 6.30 pm.
A flock/ gathering of ring ousels around the northern flanks of Carl Wark fort on Hathersage Moor in the Peak District.
There were at least 12 individuals but an accurate count was impossible as they were actively shifting around within that location. Interestingly they seemed to be primarily males with only one certain female observed throughout our 15 minute observation period.

13th April 2022 (Colin Melton)
Marsham, Norfolk
Male ring ouzel on my back lawn for the whole afternoon, still there at dusk, Backing
on to open farm land. Between Marsham and Buxton Norfolk nr105pf. 13 4 22.

13th April 2022 (Colin Gilbert)
Malmsmead, Devon/Somerset border
One bird seen today at Cloud Farm NT campsite, Malmsmead, Devon/Somerset border , Exmoor. Looked like the local vicar with his starched white collar. 😉

12th April 2022 (Annette Clear)
Bognor Regis, Sussex
In our back garden in Rose Green near Bognor Regis today. Not flying, but hopping to cover in the lee of the house. Possibly injured? Possibly juvenile?
I can send you pictures.

12th April 2022 (Robert More)
East Norfolk
Pair of Ring Ouzels in our garden in East Norfolk this morning.

11th April 2022 (Jonathan Crawford)
Shoreham, West Sussex
Mill Hill Shoreham, TQ 21117 07297. One male being showy and one, possibly two females amongst the blackbirds.

10th April 2022 (Pam Armstrong)
Hexham and Haltwhistle
10 April 2022. 91 degrees west, 50 degrees north, on OS Landranger Map, Hexham and Haltwhistle. From the public footpath, we saw a ring ouzel singing from a solitary tree on Newbiggin Fell, between Baybridge picnic area and Riddlehamhope Hall (now demolished).

10th April 2022 (Jonathan Jordan)
Cutthroat Bridge, Derbyshire
Male and female together seen in Highshaw Clough, near Cutthroat Bridge, Derbyshire, SK214876, early afternoon 10 April 2022.
Also a male seen earlier in the day a bit further west, near SK203874.

8th April 2022 (Ryan Allport)
Ladybower reservoir, Derbyshire
Peak District. White Tor near Ladybower reservoir.
Grid reference: SK 19889 88821

2nd April 2022 (Shona MacDonald)
Wasdale, Cumbria
Male seen singing (not in alarm) on rocks at start of climb up Pillar (Green Cove) in Wasdale, Cumbria on a cold morning.
April 2nd around 10:30am
Approx grid reference from OS map English Lakes NW sheet
54 deg 29.5' N
03 deg 16.2' W

1st April 2022 (Clare Moffatt)
Hailsham East Sussex
Sitting on my fence in Hailsham East Sussex

29th March 2022 (Janet Oswald)
Cadair Idris, Gwynedd, Wales
Today 29/03/2022 I walked up the Pony Path to the summit of Cadair Idris in Gwynedd, Wales. Half way up, in the grassland we watched a pair of Ring Ouzels. We sat 20ft away from them. I am beyond excited at this!
I have no photos as proof, as I didn't want to move, just wanted to watch them.
Hope this information helps your study.

29th March 2022 (Elizabeth Laing)
Cairngorm Ski Centre
Male ring ouzel sighted on edge of path leading from Cairngorm Ski Centre to Ben Macdui, about a half mile from Centre.

29th March 2022 (Helen Edworthy)
Cherton Fitzpaine, Devon
Seen in a hedge off Hollywater Road about 100 metres west of the last buildings in the west of the village (Grid ref. SS 86474 06250). Quite a brief glimpse before it flew away - A leucistic blackbird is a possibility but I think it was an ouzel.

22nd March 2022 (Nick Baker)
Gheal Carn, Cairgorms
I've moved.... now live in the Cairngorms. Looking forward to a few more ouzels than I've been used to! I heard of a Ring Ouzel that was seen on Gheal Carn yesterday - no other details other than it was singing!

20th March 2022 (Timothy Burton)
Hudeshope Beck, Teesdale
2 males feeding together in a sheep field at Hudeshope Beck on 20.03.2022. Video taken.

19th March 2022 (Timothy Burton)
Great Eggleshope Beck, Durham.
Female at top end of Great Eggleshope Beck in Durham.

18th March 2022 (Bryan Pinchen)
Keyhaven, Hampshire
Male, initially heard doing the 'chack' call once deep within a small gorse bush only a couple of yards from me, before it flew out and across fields and out of sight, 09.05 GMT, Friday 18th March 2022. Didn't manage to find it again.
Presumably fresh in that morning, it had been a good sunrise but within two hours a light mist had descended.
In fields and scrub edge to the east of Keyhaven village, Hampshire, SZ311923.
So nice to be reporting one again! keep up the excellent work you do on this species.

15th March 2022 (Vic Fairbrother)
First ouzel of the year back in Rosedale yesterday 15th March - six days earlier than previous first arrival.

12th March 2022 (Timothy Burton)
Stanhope Burn, Bishop Auckland
Date 12.03.2022. Male. Location Stanhope Burn. Grid Reference NY9842.
Right Leg ring colour Silver. Left Leg ring colour Orange. This bird had very striking white markings on its nape.


Winter sightings (2021/2022)

10th February 2022 (Patricia Ellerker)
Yelverton, Dartmoor
I saw a strange bird hopping along the edge of my garden, just after Christmas...I have seen this bird several times since...the most recent siting being on my garage roof is definitely a Ringed Ouzel...I live in Yelverton. PL20 6BJ, on the very edge of Dartmoor....

9th February 2022 (Martin Lodge)
Warsash, Southampton
A single Ring Ouzel has been a resident here at Warsash Maritime Academy throughout the Autumn 2021 to date. Two were seen in the early Autumn however. My staff and fire-fighter students are treated to it's song each morning. I have still been unable to get a clear photograph of it but will continue to try.

5th February 2022 (Sian Williams)
Lichfield, Staffordshire
A single male ring ouzel spotted in a tree above the hedge just past the Three Tuns pub on Walsall Road, west of Lichfield in Staffordshire, around 11.30am

17th January 2022 (Paul Bolton)
Dogsthorpe, Cambs
Well I wasn’t expecting to find one of these this morning. A male Ring Ouzel at the Star Pit, Dogsthorpe, Cambs. Last seen by myself around 11:15 but seen subsequently by others.

14th January 2022 (Dan Evans)
Cardiff, Wales
I have some not great photos of a ring ouzel at Ashgrove fields, Fairwater Rugby Club , Cardiff. Spotted a few days ago and today 14/01/22 also

6th January 2022 (Thomas McGowan)
Dunfermline, Fife
Spotted what I think was a ring ouzel. It was confirmed by pictures on the net. Location was Oakley, Dunfermline, Fife.

5th January 2022 (Alastair Pingram)
Ruthin, North Wales
I was dropping my son off at Llysfasi agricultural college Ruthin this morning 05/01/22 at 08:55
On a fence post was a female Ring Ouzel

12th December 2021 (Ieuan Wyn - Archived sightings of summer breeding birds in Snowdonia)
Bethesda, Gwynedd
2017 - on a holly tree in the garden of Talgarreg, Ffordd Carneddi, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3SG.
2020 - on a rock at the bottom of Cwm Coch, Nant Ffrancon, Bethesda, Gwynedd (between Blaen y Nant and Pentre - post code: LL57 3DQ).
When I was in my teens in the 1960s, accompanying two local fishermen on the Carneddau side of Llyn Ogwen, we saw a ring ouzel springing from rock to rock calling out alarmingly. They refered to it as the Aderyn Llwynog and said that a fox was not far off. That's when I came to know what it's local name was. I had seen it once in the 1950s near Pont Waun above the village of Gerlan on the mountain road towards the Carneddau. I then saw one in 1989 in Cwm Bychan above Beddgelert.

10th December 2021 (Lee Schofield)
Lorton, Lake District
A friend spotted this ring ouzel earlier today near Lorton, in the Lakes. Thought it was late enough that you’d be interested.
See photo HERE

5th December 2021 (Mary Mackenzie)
Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh
Bird which matched ring ouzel markings spotted in garden this morning, 5/12/21.

Autumn migration (2021)

27th November 2021 (Michelle Davies)
Saw male today at Dare Valley country park, Aberdare

14th November 2021 (Nick Bell)
Kinder reservoir Derbyshire
Ring Ouzel spotted close to Kinder reservoir tributary
Precise location SK 05976 88776.
Spotted flitting up the footpath at around 14:30 yesterday - 14/11/2021.

1st November 2021 (Martin Snowdon)
Sussex downs
Spotted one single male around 14.30 on 01.11.2021.
It was flying from hedgerow hawthorn trees to grass land on one side and emerging winter wheat on the other.
Very suprised to meet it! Shortly afterwards it flew off with 4 other birds.
OS Landranger 198. TQ 323 106

23rd October 2021 (Darren Owen)
Holwick Scar, Teesdale
1 male, 2 females, at Holwick Scar in Teesdale, County Durham

22nd October 2021 (David Gilbert)
Hungerford, Berkshire
I saw a Ring Ouzel at 10:30am this morning (22nd October 2021) at a nature reserve at Hungerford, Berkshire SU33026866. It landed in a bush with berries and two greenfinch, not far from the canal. I had a clear view with my binoculars.

22nd October 2021 (Mike Smith)
Newton Stewart, Scotland
Single m Ring Ouzel in Rowan with Redwing flock at DG8 7BL on 22.10.21 at 14:15. Flew off alone towards S

7th October 2021 (Alison Henry)
Malvern Hills, Worcs
Yesterday (Oct 7th 2021) my husband took a walk on the Malvern Hills in Worcs (North Hill specifically) and he ran into two experienced birders who reported a number of ring ousels (7 I believe) on North Hill in the early morning. I am a birder (live in US)and was disappointed to miss them as they would have been new for me. These birders may already have reported this sighting but I thought I would, just in case they did not. I walked up there this morning but was not successful. Will keep trying.

4th October 2021 (Susan QUINN)
Cowden Kent
Watched lone female (poss juvenile) ring ouzel in my garden in Cowden Kent.
It was in a Sorbus tree eating the berries for about 10 mins, at 15.00 hrs.

20th Septemvber 2021 (Nicole Keshav)
River Leith, Edinburgh
Dean village, river leith, edinburgh, monday sept. 20, 4:30 pm

1st Septemvber 2021 (Kim Robinson)
Pen-y pass Snowdonia
3 Ring Ouzels


Spring/Summer Breeding (2021)

8th August 2021 (Ellie Cronin)
Dobcross, Lancs
Seen today - landed on a stone by the side of a river in Uppermill/Dobcross on our afternoon country walk

29th July 2021 (Richard Hyde)
Howden Edge, Peak District.
Single male spotted on 29th July below Howden Edge (Berristers Tor) in the Peak District. A second bird was spotted which may have been a female.

18th July 2021 (Gary Cooper)
Bamford edge Derbyshire
Saw two male ring ouzels bamford edge Derbyshire 7 30 am Sunday 18th July .my first ever sighting fabulous made my day

15th July 2021 (Christopher Watson)
River Tees, Cauldron Snout
Single Ring Ouzel on River Tees just below Cauldron Snout where it is joined by the Maize Beck.

14th July 2021 (Stephen Hussey)
Old Man of Coniston, Lake District
We spotted a single bird 40ft below us in a gulley at Dow Crag, part of the The Old Man of Coniston horseshoe. SD263977

10th July 2021 (Meg Stark)
Grassington, N Yorks
Male spotted at Rolling Gate Crag near Grassington SE00148 60266. I think I saw the back of a female nearby, disappearing behind the crag.

8th July 2021 (David Smith)
Bamford Edge, Derbyshire.
I came upon what I believe was a female Ring Ousle on the rocks at Bamford Edge in Derbyshire. 8.7.21.

2nd July 2021 (Lisa Bruntjen)
Seen a female Ring Ouzel on a hike on 02.07.2021 in the Cairngorms, near the Ski Centre.

28th June 2021 (Nikki Brabant)
Grisedale Valley, Lake District
We were walking up to Birks from Patterdale and were eating our lunch on the side of the fell. A ring ouzel flew from the Grisedale Valley and landed on the fell side. Pootled about for a few minutes and then flew back out of sight. Absolutely delighted as wanted to see one for a long while

27th June 2021 (Peter Barrans)
Crummack Water, Cumbria
Whiteside above Crummack Water, Cumbria
Sighted several times along the ridge between Whiteside summit and Hopegill Head

21st June 2021 (Christina Juppe)
West Shropshire
Three ring ouzel fledglings sighted in West Shropshire. We could hear the mother nearby

20th June 2021 (Rob Hannam)
Mennock Pass, Lowther Hill, Scotland
Male calling faintly, perching in a tree and heather. Common location - slopes of Moor End, seen 7.30am from B797 Mennock Pass road. NS856099
Chattering on opposite slopes - possible female (?) not seen.
Another male often heard but not seen, farther up the pass. Neighbours report seeing a male near the Beam Engine in Wanlockhead village. Sightings generally very scarce this year.

19th June 2021 (Margo Fleming)
Llanfairfechan Conwy
Male seen clearly 19/6 Llanfairfechan Conwy Ll33 the old quarry

15th June 2021 (Peter Rutland)
Ennerdale, Cumbria.
Walking on the Ennerdale Fells on the ridge that runs by Silver Cove up toward Haycock. Was a pair of Ouzels feeding a chick.

12th June 2021 (Lee Farmer)
Mynydd Drws-y-Coed Snowdonia
GR: SH547516 On SE slopes of Mynydd Drws-y-Coed Snowdonia North Wales. Pair of Ring Ouzels.

7th June 2021 (Pete Curran)
Scar House, Yorkshire Dales
Two fabulous photos of adult ouzels in te Yorkshire Dales. Photos HERE

7th June 2021 (Michael Darke)
Snowdonia. 2-3 pairs. 7th June 2021. In the valley leading up from Abergwyingregyn to Llyn Anafon. Morning. Dry, sunny. One pair seen mating at SH699703. 1-2 pairs seen at SH688710 and SH689712 - I believe two pairs but I cannot be certain.

4th June 2021 (Steven Swift)
Pavey Ark, Cumbria.
Male and female at the bottom of Jacks Rake, Pavey Ark, Cumbria.

1st June 2021 (Jolyon Medlock)
William Clough, Kinder Plateau
A pair of Ring Ouzel half way up William Clough

29th May 2021 (Archie Blair)
Knoydart peninsula
Spotted briefly but heard frequently from a gully below the summit of the Munro, Sgurr na Ciche (at height of c 800m) on the Knoydart peninsula, north-west Scotland. Mid-morning, Sat, 29 May 2021. Weather generally clear, light cloud, mist on higher ground.

28th May 2021 (Jack Turnbull)
Saddleworth Moor, Lancs
Single ring ouzel seen landing on a rock and flying off next to Chew reservoir on Saddleworth Moor.
Latitude/Longitude (53.51349551611867, -1.9488501548767092)
OS Grid Ref SE033018
OS Easting / Northings (403300, 401800)

27th May 2021 (Aidy Pilling)
How, Cumbria
Two birds, a pair seen for 5 mins, on a wall, in flight, and in a tree, on the low slopes of Heartsop above How, Cumbria

27th May 2021 (Jennifer Reynolds)
Redmires, Sheffield
Walking on a path over Redmires this morning (27th May 2021) I believe I spotted a single ring ouzel. It was a nice dry morning, very little wind. Lots of curlews nesting and flying about

24th May 2021 (Emma Price)
Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire
2 males sighted on 24/5/21 on grouse-shooting moorland; by the path between Bloworth Crossing and Ingleby Incline, Cleveland Hills, North Yorkshire.. Grid reference NZ6002.

23rd May 2021 (Sandra McLean)
Blidworth, Notts
Spotted a ringed ouzel in blidworth , 2-3 weeks ago , flying from a horse paddock area .
Onto a hedge where it perched , (that’s when I noticed it’s distinctive white bib) and into another horse field , adjacent to a small fenced off woodland on new lane, Blidworth.

22nd May 2021 (Barbara Collins)
Curbar Edge, Derbyshire
Yesterday evening on Curbar Edge about 7 30 pm I took several photos

22nd May 2021 (Martin Stephenson)
Isles of Scilly
Seen on roof of house on island of Bryher Isles of Scilly 22nd May 2021. Female

4th May 2021 (Conrad Chamberlain)
Sittingbourne, Kent
My family and I have spotted a single male Ring Ouzel in Sittingbourne, Kent. It was first sighted on the Saturday 1st May and has been seen on several occasions in a berry bush in a suburban garden near our house up until today (4th May).

3rd May 2021 (Ian Murray)
Wasdale, Cumbria
Spotted a pair when walking down from Skafell Pike on 30th April. Above Wasdale on Goat Crags.

2nd May 2021 (Andrew Harriss)
Lopham Fen, Norfolk
Late afternoon. One male ring ouzel feeding at edge of arable field at Low Common, South Lopham, Norfolk. A feeding flock of 500+ fieldfares was also spread out across the same field. The field adjoins the northern boundary of Redgrave and Lopham Fen NNR

2nd May 2021 (David Hussey)
Princes Risborough Bucks
Grangelands nature reserve Cadsdean Princes Risborough Bucks. 5pm. Two males one female

2nd May 2021 (Nick Clarke)
Hatfield Forest
On open heathland near Bush End church. Was in a flock with 3 other birds but 1 was clearly seen.

2nd May 2021 (Kirsty von Malaise)
Rhyd Ddu, Snowdonia
Ring ouzel seen off the Watkin path ( from the end of the link path from Rhyd Ddu)

1st May 2021 (H Lythe)
Beverley, East Yorkshire
A pair ring ouzel (one female and one male) been in our garden for 3 days. We are just outside Beverley in East Yorkshire



Early Arrivals 2021

26th April 2021 (David Kidd)
Buxton, Derbyshire
Single male seen on evening of 26th April, Combs Moss at Buxton, Derbyshire (Moorland/heather). Never seen one before!

26th April 2021 (Victoria Gilmour)
Bamford Edge, Peak District
Sighted on Bamford Edge Peak District on open moorland with heather and rocky outcrops

26th April 2021 (Roger Priest)
Holmfirth Yorkshire
2 Ring Ouzel sighted near Digley Reservoir in the Holme Valley above Holmfirth Yorkshire. 26 April 2021 3.00pm

25th April 2021 (Jessica Worlock)
Preseli Hills, Pembrokeshire. SN090323. En route to Foel Cwmcerwyn, above Rosebush village. 25/04/2021. Good view, definite sighting.

24th April 2021 (Ben Keayes)
Langdale, Cumbria
Pavey Arc - Langdale - Cumbria. Saw two ring ouzels (male and female) flying, calling and landing on the middle of the crag. As walkers started climbing Jake's Rake (ie towards where they had been) - both flew off to the west (Stickle Pike).

24th April 2021 (Anne Greenidge)
Chelsfield, Kent
Spotted a male ring ouzel around 9am on Friday, 24 April, in our field, a south facing open space in Chelsfield, Kent, outskirts of Orpington. It was feeding, and was observed for at least 10 minutes.

24th April 2021 (Stephen Keauffling)
Dinas Island, West Wales
On the coastal path on Dinas Island West Wales 9.30am
SN00996 41081
East:200995 North:241080

24th April 2021 (Stephen D Humphris)
Wasdale, Cumbria
2, possibly 3 individuals all seen in same location around Piers Gill on Lingmell Fell, Wasdale, Cumbria. Very certain identification.
Grid reference: NY 213 082.

21st April 2021 (Brian Murie)
East Kilbride
Pair on rooftop in East Kilbride (750foot higher and 9 miles south of Glasgow ) on 21/4/2021 8.30pm

20th April 2021 (Angus Macrae)
Upper Glenshee, Highlands
Male seen in upper glenshee, several times over 3 hour period.
Female seen in upper glenshee,
Both April 20 2021, between 1500 and 1800

20th April 2021 (Barbara Evans)
Lone male. In tree beside the railway embankment behind Quarry Road, Hastings, TN34 3SE. Unringed.

20th April 2021 (Joseph W)
Islington, London
Seen a single Ring Ouzel in Islington, London, 20/04/20 16:30.

19th April 2021 (A P Widdowson)
Cleveland Way, Scarborough
I also had to other people mention (after I had watched the RO sing at the above location) they independently reported sightings in Filey.

18th April 2021 (John Harris)
Great Orme, LLandudno
Sighted with binoculars 18 April 2021 at approx. 8.45am on the upper west side of the Great Orme, LLandudno. Approx SH755837

17th April 2021 (Richard Gallagher)
Bilbao Spain
14 individuals 17th April 2021. 7 km south of Bilbao Spain at an altitude of 900 m. Mountain called Ganekogorta.

17th April 2021 (Stephen Hussey)
Tintagel, North Cornwall
Trevalga Cliff, nr Tintagel, North Cornwall. SX074903.
Single bird foraging in short turf with lots of ant hills nr South West Coast Path.

16th April 2021 (Martin Lodge)
Warsash, Hampshire
At Warsash Maritime Academy, Newtown Road, Warsash, SO31 9ZL. One male seen singing and being answered by another in the distance.

16th April 2021 (Mike Headon)
Tonbridge Kent
Have just seen a Ring Ouzel in Tonbridge Kent. My first reaction was that it was a Blackbird with some white bits (we have a few in the area) but I stopped and watched and it's markings were a clearly defined white chest section, not like the random flashes and markings some of the Blackbirds have.

13th April 2021 (Nic Wilson)
Pegsdon Hill, Bedfordshire
2 males & 1 female feeding in valley bottom at Pegsdon Hill, Bedfordshire. 2pm-2.30pm 13. 04.2021. Grid Reference: TL 12094 29771

12th April 2021 (Donna Jones)
Stanhope, Couty Durham
1 male and 2 females, feeding on short grass on fellside edge.
Grid ref: 993416 Stanhope, velvet path walk

11th April 2021 (Ian Feltham)
Orpington, Kent
Sighted this afternoon 11th April 2021 in Orpington greater London. Managed to take a couple of snaps

11th April 2021 (Andrew Holman)
Potterspury, Towcester
Seen in my garden and confirmed with 10x50 binoculars on 9-4-2021 @10:30 am in an Acacia tree.
Location 52° 4'48.44"N 0°53'25.37"W

11th April 2021 (Clare Cunningham)
Frodsham, Cheshire
Single bird observed foraging in ploughed field for 30 minutes or so before flying off to sit in fence/hedgerow in adjacent field. Didn’t appear to be colour-ringed

10th April 2021 (Mr G Gibson)
Jarrow, Tyne and Wear
Female spotted in local park distinct band across chest seemed to be scouting around stayed for a few minutes then took off .
Location spring well park jarrow Tyne and Wear

9th April 2021 (Ian Bradley)
Roughton Gill, Lake District
Single bird spotted Roughton Gill in flight low above the flatter areas amongst the old mine tips and workings. NY301345 ~1300 April 09, 2021.

9th April 2021 (Mr Crook Bryan)
Bergerac, France
Yes I'm in France, south of Bergerac, have been for over 30 years, being an avid bird watcher for all of my life this march I'm very surprised to have a pair of Ring Ouzels nesting in our garden and now raising four young.
Couldn't believe it to start with, have tried to get a photo but they are always too quick.

8th April 2021 (Michael John Summerson Liley)
Romsley, Hants
1 adult male near to St Kenelm's Church Romsley - just outside the boundary of Worcestershire Wildlife Trust's Penorchard nature reserve. Grid reference: SO94308100. Observed feeding on semi-improved horse-grazed grassland just in front of a blackthorn hedge. Well marked individual with strong white bib and silvery sheen showing well on primaries. I only had a binocular view from c150 metres with swarovski 8x42s. I could not distinguish any leg rings. At least 2 other observers, 1 with a scope. Bird observed between approx 1.30 and 2.15 pm. Reported on Bird Guides. Apparently there have been sightings in this locality since 30th March - up to 3 birds togethe

5th April 2021 (Steve Chalmers)
Hayling Island, Hants
Date 2021-04-05 Male Location. Tournerbury Farm, Hayling Island Grid Reference SZ 73632 99923 Right Leg ring colours. Mid Blue only colour seen Left Leg ring colours. None seen Other comments Bird was strongly backlit; coming off the ground into a low tree I could scope it at about 250m - possibly a metal ring on the left leg. Did not notice a second ring on the right leg.

4th April 2021 (Margaret Aldred)
Wetheringsett Stowmarket
4 april 2021 16.45 pm in garden wetheringsett Stowmarket ip14 5pu also to day 5th april 15.30

4th April 2021 (Tim Pears)
Newhey, Rochdale
3 males seen in Piethorne Valley Newhey, Rochdale on pasture. 4/4/21@ 6.30pm.

1st April 2021 (Rob Hannam)
Mennock Pass, Lowther Hills
Two males seen from B797 Mennock Pass road, early morning.
One near the mouth of Glen Clach - often the first place they are seen - singing faintly in a tree. NS855101
The second on the slopes of Middle Moor, flying low over the heather. NS 871113.

30th March 2021 (Alan and Jenny)
Wingham, Kent
I live in Wingham in Kent and today 30/03/2021, at 1700 I had a female Ring Ouzel having a very vigorous bathe in my bird bath.
A wonderful sighting.

22nd March 2021 (Philip David Arnold)
Todber, Dorset
A single male seen foraging on local open space at Hambledon Close in Todber, Dorset DT10 on Monday 22.3.2021
for approx 15 minutes between 8.15am and 8.30am.

22nd March 2021 (Rhion Pritchard)
Anafon Valley, Carneddau
Two singing Males in the Anafon Valley, Carneddau, SH681712.

20th March 2021 (Emma Meekings)
Chilworth, Surrey
A male ring ouzel feeding on the lawn near a group of male blackbirds in Chilworth, Surrey, GU4 8ND near Guildford! 20/3/2021

7th March 2021 (John Dobbs)
Sirior Bach, Conway
Post code Ll228PN in the woods on Sirior Bach caravan park on the retreat eating berries



Winter sightings (2020/2021)

28th February 2021 (Jacqui Davies)
Montgomery, Wales
On 28th February 2021, two of us saw a previously unknown bird which we subsequently identified as a mâle ring ouzel. We were only 20 yards away and saw it take off from a small tree to land in another some 20 yards beyond. We are near Montgomery in the Welsh March close to a nature reserve run by the Montgomery Wildlife trust. The white crescent was clearly shown.
We had heard a fluting call about 10 days before. Now realise it was the ring ouzel !

14th February 2021 (Berwyn Clarke)
Long Thurlow, Suffolk
Single bird in garden yesterday ( Long Thurlow Suffolk). Stayed around 1.5 minutes - breast band looked scaly and more beige than white ( Possible female?). Larger than resident blackbirds, more size of our local fieldfare population.

16th January 2021 (Lisbeth Dring)
Roslisyton, Nr Burton On Trent
Heard what sounded like a regular mistle thrush and was surprised to see a blackbird with a white chest. Later identified as a Ring Ouzel. Eating Rowan berries and fighting off mistle thrush and blackbird. Thrilled to have seen one.

16th January 2021 (Robin Rostron)
Seen a male in my garden several times in the last few days. I live in north Northumberland near the coast

1st January 2021 (David Gilbert)
Bishopstone, Wiltshire
Sighted today at 11:30am on 1st January 2021
Male Ring Ouzel. At Bishopstone on side of a hill in a gulley
Coords: SU249826
The bird was on the grass path ahead of us. White crescent on chest clearly visible.
I am a member of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

13th December 2020 (David Daniels)
Wisborough Green, West Sussex
Sighted in Wisborough Green, West Sussex RH14 0DQ on Sunday December 13th at 14.40 - single bird only

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