Ring Ouzel in Trowbridge, Wiltshire


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Ring Ouzel in Trowbridge, Wiltshire

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Evening,  I am new to this site so hope I have posted this in the correct area (apologies if I haven't).

We have identified a Ring Ouzel in our garden, which is in Trowbridge.  He/she appears to be on his own, and has been around for the past 3 days.
Is there anything that we should be providing food wise, or should the pyracantha bush (red berry variety) be sufficient? 
We live in an area where a lot of our neighbours have removed large trees and bushes from their gardens, so we do get a lot of visitors, however this little chap has stood out amongst our usual guests!
Many thanks in advance,
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  • Hello Claire

    Welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy it here.

    I don't want to doubt your ID but Ring Ouzel are migrants & usually arrive back in April,

    Do you have a photo you could post here so we could have a look,

    they eat insects,worms & berries

  • Any self respecting Ring Ouzel is back in warmer climes,it must be a Blackbird with a touch of leucism

  • It is unusual at this time of year but not impossible. One has been reported on Birdguides at Dunstable in Beds. Hope you get a photo. We'd all like to see that.

  • Ooh thanks for the TJ!

    Dunstable isn't too far from me, and I'm assuming it would be at Dunstable Downs from reading it lives in 'upland areas', I'll keep an eye out for it, might possibly have to take a trip!

    Becca :-)

  • Claire,  Please report it to Wiltshire Ornithological Society through


    I am sure someone will come and verify it.   There was one last year in the Salisbury area all winter.

    My only concern is you say he/she and the two sexes are different.  A female blackbird with odd plumage can look like a female ouzel.   Either way make sure it is reported.   Bob

  • LOL, if only Alan!

    I think 25 miles is a bit too far though?!

  • Thanks for the comments; I will try to post the photo we have.

    It is definately a Ring Ouzel; it has such a specific white bib with lovely markings down the wings.

    I emailed sightings@wiltshirebirds.co.uk last night...so wait to hear from them.

    Thank you again!

  • Thanks Bob,

    On checking the illustrations on the RSPB Bird Identifier I would say it is most certainly male.


  • Apologies for the quality of the photographs - our camera really isn't upto the job.  Hopefully they show everything that you all need to see to make a successful identification!

  • Certainly looks like one claire

    open the bedroom curtains with caution in the morning or you msy find a Notting Hill experience awaits you


  • Claire, WOS are telling me they think this may be a male blackbird with partial albino bits.  I wouldnt like to call it on your photos.  I would be interested in what Aiki or Seymouraves might have to say on this one.  

    If you can get a photo side on showing wing length and colouring it would help

  • Hello, from what I can see this looks OK for Ring Ouzel, position and size of the chest marking is right and the wings look lighter, but it would be good to see more photos!

  • Thanks for all your comments on my rather rubbish photos! I am going to try to tempt the little birdie closer to my house to try and get some improved photos...alternatively it could be time to invest in a better camera.

    On the off-chance that it is a Ring Ouzel, and assuming that our weather will get worse at some stage, will he be ok?  Will he leave the garden shortly or might he stay for the remainder of the winter?

    I just want to make sure that my newest guest is completely happy x

  • Harry-bow
    On the off-chance that it is a Ring Ouzel, and assuming that our weather will get worse at some stage, will he be ok

    As the birds arrive in our dales uplands in often rough pennine spring weather I would think he will be o.k. in that respect.

  • Claire,  I am a bit disappointed by the reaction of WOS.  I live in Wootton Bassett and if it stays would be happy to try and confirm it and bring my camera.   If you are happy with that use the website below which has an email link to me.  Bob