Gilbert White called Ring Ouzels ‘Michaelmas Thrush’ for their habitat of turning up around Michaelmas (Sept 29th this year). Right on time a few birds turned up at Ciloerwynt farm up the Claerwen valley at the weekend. Check out any rowan bushes with berries (its been a cracking crop this year), particularly those on the edge of the moor or above the tree line. Other good places to look over the next couple of weeks are the Elan Valley visitor centre car park or on the far side (from the road) of the Caban dam. With the good berry crop this year they may well be more dispersed than normal, so numbers may seem lower this year as a result (there were 96 at the visitor centre a few years ago!). I also noticed a few more blackbirds around on monday, some of which looked like the dark beaked ‘continental’ race. These usually appear with the Ouzels and the other winter thrushes.