Ring Ouzel – First and last dates

Turdus torquatus – MWYALCHEN Y MYNYDD – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded in December

Photo above by Derek Grimwood, Martin’s Haven, 1 April 2020

YearSpringAutumnNotes
200022 March – 30 April22 Sep – 12 Nov 
200127 March10 Sep – 28 Oct 
200224 March – 8 April14 Sep – 1 Nov 
200325 March – 5 May26 Sep – 18 Oct 
200416 April – 29 May31 Oct 
200528 April – 10 May25 Sep – 30 Oct 
20065 April – 12 May15 -23 Oct 
200727 March – 29 April12 – 23 Oct 
200831 March – 24 April23 July – 1 Nov 
200916-17 April13 Sep – 18 Oct 
201012-24 April25 Sep – 25 Oct 
201125 March – 4 May14 Oct – 11 Nov(1)
201212 March – 21 May25 Sep – 26 Oct(2)
201322 March – 12 April20 Aug – 4 Nov(3)
201423 March – 19 May9 Oct – 19 Nov 
20153 April – 1 May30 Sep – 30 Oct(4)
20163 April – 25 May5 – 23 Oct(5)
201723 March – 10 May7 Oct – 1 Nov 
201830 March – 19 April21 Sep – 23 Oct 
201912 – 20 April14 – 30 Oct 
202027 March – 25 April19 Sep – 19 Nov 
20212 – 25 April10 – 29 Oct 

(1) 2011 – On Skomer – a very high count of 15 on 14th Oct.

(2) 2012 – January records at St. Justinians & on Skomer.

(3) 2013 – Excellent spring for this species

(4) 2013 – A winter record of a single Bosherston on 16th Dec.

(5) 2016 – up to nine birds St David’s Head between 20th & 22nd April

Records extracted from the Pembrokeshire Bird Reports which may contain more detail than shown here

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Ring Ouzel – 1994

Turdus torquatus – MWYALCHEN Y MYNYDD – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded in December

Mathew (1894) frequently encountered Ring Ouzels on the Preseli Mountains and judged from their behaviour that they bred there, noting that eggs were taken in 1867. Lockley et al. (1949) added the record of a pair breeding in a Preseli Mountain quarry in 1948, where Fursdon (1950) also found them nesting the following year, with three young fledged. A pair was present in another nearby locality in 1969 and bred in 1971. There are no subsequent breeding records, though a female was seen in the Preseli Mountains in July 1983.

The Ring Ouzel is a regular spring and autumn passage migrant, with up to four occurring in coastal areas, principally at Skokholm, Skomer and the Preseli Mountains, from 5 March to 26 May and from 27 August to 22 November. One seen at Skomer on 29 February 1984 was probably an early migrant, but another seen in a St David’s garden on 6 January 1985 seems more likely to refer to an overwintering bird.

Donovan J.W. & Rees G.H, 1994, Birds of Pembrokeshire

FURSDON J. 1950. 12th Annual Report of the West Wales Field Society. 14-15.

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Ring Ouzel – 1949

Turdus torquatus torquatus

A regular spring migrant, rare in autumn. Mathew considered it bred “on small streams which run down from the bogs on the Prescelly Mts”.  But until 1948, when a pair was found feeding young in an old quarry near Rosebush (J.H.B.), breeding was not definitely recorded.

R.M.Lockley, G.C.S.Ingram, H.M.Salmon, 1949, The Birds of Pembrokeshire, The West Wales Field Society

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Ring Ouzel – 1894

Turdus torquatus – A summer visitor.

A few sometimes remain in this country for the winter. The station of the Ring Ouzel is to be sought for on the moors and hills. When we have been fishing in the summer months in the small streams which run down from the bogs on the Precelly Mountains, we have frequently encountered pairs of Ring Ouzels, whose angry chatterings and impatience of our intrusion plainly revealed that we were near their nests. Mr. Dix writes: “Although I have not seen this bird, I have every reason to believe it breeds (occasionally at least) in this district. My young friend, Arthur Phillips, of Newcastle Emlyn, took some eggs in 1867, when he distinctly saw the bird leave the nest.”

Mathew M.A. 1894, Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands

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Ring Ouzel

Turdus torquatus – MWYALCHEN Y MYNYDD – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded in December

Ring Ouzel – 1995

Turdus torquatus – MWYALCHEN Y MYNYDD – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded in December The last regular breeding was in 1971, except for a successful nest on Mynydd Crwn in the Preseli Mountains in 1995 Pembrokeshire Bird Report 1995 More about the Ring Ouzel in Pembrokeshire

Ring Ouzel – 1994

Turdus torquatus – MWYALCHEN Y MYNYDD – Passage migrant, has bred. Not recorded in December Mathew (1894) frequently encountered Ring Ouzels on the Preseli Mountains and judged from their behaviour that they bred there, noting that eggs were taken in 1867. Lockley et al. (1949) added the record of a pair breeding in a Preseli Mountain quarry […]

Ring Ouzel – 1949

Species account from the Birds of Pembrokeshire, 1949, by Lockley, Ingram and Salmon.

Ring Ouzel – 1894

Species account from the 1894 ‘Birds of Pembrokeshire and its Islands’ by Rev M A Mathew