In 7 hours I saw 4 Sparrowhawks, 2 Buzzard, 3 Peregrines, at least 35 Stock Doves (most pigeon flocks included one or two), 2000 Wood Pigeons (flocks were counted in 50s so a more accurate count than it may seem), 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 80 Swallows, 70 House Martins, 47 Pied Wagtails, Grey Wagtail, 21 Robins, 12+ Ring Ouzels, Blackcap (just one!), 6 Chiffchaffs, 12 Goldcrest, Firecrest (in the hotel garden), 16 Great Tits (more obvious than usual), 6 Jays (2 at Birling, 2 at Shooter's Bottom and 2 over Whitbread Hollow), 600 Jackdaws, Raven, 590 Goldfinches, 28 Siskin, 7 Redpolls and 5 Reed Bunting.
We saw at least 10 Ring Ouzels in Shooter's Bottom with 2 or 3 more seen in the hotel garden and at least one heard in both France's Bottom and Whitbread Hollow (where I'd seen 2 and 4 respectively the previous day). At Shooter's Bottom they were favouring the north east quadrant but were keeping out of sight most of the time. On one occasion 7 got up and flew across towards us in a loose flock, most appearing to be males - a wonderful sight.
|juvenile Ring Ouzel in Shooter's Bottom|
|considered to be a female as the throat is paler than the breast, at least that is my reading of Svensson's ID Guide to European Passerines!|
|close foliage being annoying|
|another Ring Ouzel at Shooter's Bottom, nice of it to sit up , pity it wouldn't turn around ...|
|the rounded tail feathers in autumn suggest an adult|
|and the white crescent, the edge of which is just visible here, a male. Stunning birds whatever.|