13/02/2014
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Ring Ouzel photo ID guide

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Ring Ouzel (Uto, Finland, 2 May 2008). Photo by Robert Pekkarinen.
Ring Ouzel (Uto, Finland, 2 May 2008). Photo by Robert Pekkarinen.

Early spring produces the first migrant Ring Ouzels, with robust but shy males and females appearing on open lowland ground on their way to the rocky uplands of their breeding territories, seemingly larger and more vigorous than their Blackbird relatives. However, many birders struggle to age and sex the birds, particularly first and second-summers. Björn Malmhagen looks at the minutiae of the species’ immature feathering to enable you to identify individuals with confidence.

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Ring Ouzel photo ID guide
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