Ring Ouzel photos kindly sent in

These images of a Ring Ouzel have been kindly sent in from one of our followers, this is a red listed bird meaning it is of the highest conservation priority.

Slightly smaller and slimmer than a blackbird the male ring ouzels are particularly distinctive with their black plumage with a pale wing panel and striking white breast band.  The ring ouzel is primarily a bird of the uplands, where it breeds mainly in steep sided-valleys, crags and gullies.

Breeding begins in mid-April and continues through to mid-July, with two broods common, and nests are located on or close to the ground in vegetation (typically in heather), in a crevice, or rarely in a tree.  The young are fed a diet consisting mainly of earthworms and beetles.

Thank you for all the photos that have already been sent, please keep them coming so we can share them with all our followers.