A first in the Water Park?

7 May

I spend a couple of hours on Sunday morning at Lower Moor Nature Reserve in the Cotswold Water Park. It’s quite near Oaksey just north of Malmesbury. Details at http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Reserves/lowermoorfarm

It’s a fantastic resource and a great place to take children with a visitor centre and an areas set aside for children to explore ponds etc. There are also some great walks.

While walking just 200 metres from the centre a bird flew from a tree and the way it flew seemed a bit odd. It looked a bit like a Blackbird but it flew much more boldly. On closer inspection it seemed to be a Ring Ouzel – basically a Blackbird with a white bib. Its scarce in the UK and the subject of a national study group – http://www.ringouzel.info

Photo’s are below:

 

The bird was very ‘flighty’ so photo’s aren’t great but it’s a very scarce bird which is on its way to Scotland to nest up in the mountains. The identification was confirmed by the Cotswold Water Park and appears on their website: http://cotswoldwaterpark.wordpress.com/ (see entry for the 6th May)

Am soooo excited!! It’s not on the Water Parks recently published list of species found there.

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