Ring Ouzels are Britain’s only summer visiting thrush and a fascinating sight to be seen.
Birdwatchers Vic Fairbrother and Ken Hutchinson have spent over 25 years studying this wonderful bird which is the mountain equivalent of a blackbird and their lovely new book simply called The Ring Ouzel is a fascinating read.
It gives an inspiring account of the joys and rewards of observing the daily behaviour of the bird during its visit to the North Yorks National Park.
You can share in the excitement as the first Ring Ouzel of the year returns from its winter quarters in North Africa and starts its ritual of courtship and establishing territories. See how the female ouzel painstakingly builds her nest and lays eggs and watch how they hatch, and the chicks grow and eventually leave the nest.
The book is perfectly illustrated with photographs, paintings and sketches by wildlife artist Jonathan Pomroy and will entice you to learn more about the bird whose morning song is one of the most beautiful to hear and which can travel a surprising distance across high moorland.
As well as Yorkshire, the Ring Ouzels have been recorded in Scotland and Derbyshire and studies have confirmed the presence of local dialects.
This book is not only a great read but plays an important role in keeping records of the bird and the potential impact climate change can have on them. Britain is an important stop over and refuelling area for the Ring Ouzels and the landscape of the North Yorks National Park plays an important role in the bird’s life.
A brilliant book for not only bird watchers, but for wildlife and nature lovers too.
Published by Caithness based Whittle Publishing, The Ring Ouzel – A view from the North Yorks Moors, costs £21.95 and is available from www.whittlespublishing.com
Rebecca Hay is an experienced travel writer and member of The British Guild of Travel Writers. Follow her adventures with her family on Twitter and Instagram @emojiadventurer and on Facebook via EmojiAdventurers2.
Photo by Andrej Chudý from Slovakia – Drozd kolohrivý (Turdus torquatus)_a, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikimedia Commons