A bird usually confined to less accessible locations (mountains and craggy slopes) can regularly be seen in our study area over the next few weeks. Passage usually occurs from mid-September to the end of October. yesterday at least 4 birds fed on a Rowan tree near Ty Segur, Llanwrthwl. These birds were associating with around 50 Mistle thrush and 30 Starling (the first starlings this ‘winter’ appeared with the drop in temperatures yesterday). One of the best places to see Ring Ouzels locally is the Elan Valley visitor centre car park – feeding on the Rowans which I note have a good berry crop this year. The best way to observe is from the car to avoid disturbance and to keep warm at the same time! The bushes at the bottom of the nearby dam (south side) are also good sometimes – viewable from the caban quarry side.