Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

United Kingdom

The female Ring Ouzel in photos 1 and 2 was hunting for food for its young along the side of the dirt road in the upper Findhorn Valley. It was catching worms and then flying back up the slope to where I presume its nest was.

The female is browner than the male seen in photo 3 with pale scales on its underparts. The pale panels on the wing are clearly visible. The dark tip to the yellow bill indicates that it is the breeding season.

Ring Ouzels are migratory over most of their range. They arrive in Scotland around April and leave in September to return to their winter quarters in southern Europe and north Africa. See the distribution map at Birdlife International.

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