Ring Ouzel – last of the six thrush species seen yesterday in Felbrigg
Yesterday was Felbrigg walks day, with NENBC mid-week walk in the morning and National Trust bird walk in the afternoon. It was also only my second ‘six thrush species in a day’ at Felbrigg, since publishing this blog. Blackbird was easy enough to get near the carpark, as the NENBC group was assembling. Then came Mistle Thrush singing from it’s usual perch in a dead Oak near the Hall. There were plenty of Song Thrush from the path above the water meadows and, with careful scanning, a dozen or so Redwing in the far pasture. A possible Ring Ouzel here was, unfortunately, not confirmed. On the sheep pastures between the lake and the church another mixed flock containing thirty or so Fieldfare. After coffee (and the NENBC walk had finished!) I strolled down to The Warren where two handsome Ring Ouzel were quietly feeding at the base of the gorse. They were still there in the afternoon, when I took the NT group to look for them. Other highlights during the day included Little Owl, Sand Martin & Swallow and Wheatear – which looked big and bright enough to possibly have been a ‘Greenland type’. Non bird interest was provided by Brimstone & Orange-tip butterflies. In the evening I went to top-up the feeders at Sustead Common and had my first Whitethroat of the year, in the gorse west of the hide.
The other Ring Ouzel near The Warren
Wheatear, between the church and the Hall