Spring Ouzel


One of eight Ring Ouzels on Friday



This mornings Cuckoo being released



A common migrant, a male Blackcap


Sunday 1st May comments: This morning I was awoken by the sound of a Cuckoo calling outside the house, I wasn’t sure if I was still dreaming but later when Carrie had heard the same I was re-assured I wasn’t going cuckoo! Later on it found its way into one of the Heligoland traps and was ringed and released.  These birds are passing through the island on their way to their breeding grounds after spending winter in exotic places such as the Congo.

There has also been an influx of migrant passerines with around twenty Willow Warbler, a handful of Goldcrest, Blackcap and a lingering Ring Ouzel from Friday.

Ring Ouzels are also known as the mountain Blackbird, looking very similar to the Blackbird with a white crescent bib and silvery back.  Ring Ouzels breed in the uplands in rock cervices, close to or on the ground.  These birds that visited the island were either from the hills of Scotland or passing north to breeding grounds in Scandinavia.  On Friday five were ringed and released so hopefully we will get a recovery back to see where these are actually going to and from!

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