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ouzel

, ousel
1. short for ring ouzel or water ouzel (see dipper)
2. an archaic name for the (European) blackbird
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Ring ouzels look like blackbirds, but have a white crescent across the chest and are slightly bigger.
The North Pennines is a UK breeding stronghold for ring ouzels.
Ring ouzels pass through the lowlands during spring and take time out on their northward migration for a few days.
We believe these contractions in the bird's breeding range, especially in the Southern Pennines, the Southern Uplands, the Grampians, and the Western Highlands, and the possible disappearance of ring ouzels from Northern Ireland, masks a much more severe decline.
A survey of ring ouzels in 1999 estimated the UK population at around 7,000 pairs, and subsequent surveys suggest that, in some areas, numbers have declined by up to 70%.
Thousands of sky larks and meadow pippets were wiped out, along with the complete extinction of ring ouzels on Langholm alone.
Drier summers are also bad news in the hills, where ring ouzels can't find enough worms.
Then he moves on to discussing the chinquapin trees, or the mountain thrushes that should be back in about a month, or the ouzels or grouse or mountain beavers.
Dunlins declined in 59% of the South Pennines sites surveyed, meadow pipits in 29%, wheatears in 46%; twites in 80% and ring ouzels in 64%
Up to five Ring Ouzels remain in the Nant Ffrancon Valley, with another reported around Llandudno's West Shore.
Ring ouzels: The Welsh Ornithological Society brought us news that Snowdonia's population of ring ouzels, the mountain blackbird, are holding up, despite declines across the rest of the country.
Birdlife on the moors includes such rare species as golden plovers, dunlins, twites, ring ouzels, red grouse and curlews.