Ring Ouzels and Water Ouzels

7 seen at Caban Quarry today (see Radnor Bird Blog). Ideal opportunity to see these birds close up from the comfort of the car. Last year they disappeared after the fireworks in nearby Elan Village,so perhaps tomorrow will be the last chance.
Dippers are now begining to get more active also locally, after being quiet and unobtrusive for the last few months. Usually seen close to water,at this time of year they fly high circling above their territory. The distinctive Zik call and a fast direct flight at dusk gives them away. They will soon be singing also – a pleasant warble being one of the only bird songs heard regularly in late November / December.My grandfather, whowas born and always lived in North Wales, called Dippers ‘Water Ouzels’ – not heard anyone else using that term but it seems quite apt!

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