Ring Ouzel Chick
Keith Ball (August)
We spotted this young Ring Ouzel at a local crag whilst doing a bit of evening cragging this week. In fact it was hard to miss, as it sat squawking on the same boulder for over two hours whilst its mother brought a regular supply of food for it.
Adults are often spotted at the base of cliffs or in boulder fields in the mountains. From a distance they appear similar to a Blackbird but their distinctive white chest band gives them away if you manage to get a closer look. Generally quite a shy bird a fleeting glimpse is often all you see but their distinctive alarm call aids their recognition.
The Ring Ouzel is on the Red List for bird conservation because its breeding population has declined by more than 50 percent in the last 25 years. So despite often seeing them whilst working in the hills they are under threat nationally.