TOP TIP! In April, the last wintering Redwings and Fieldfares leave the UK, while it is peak time for Ring Ouzel passage
higher proportion of invertebrates in their diet, particularly favouring snails (which they uniquely bash on stones as an ‘anvil’). Ultra-shy Ring Ouzels are open-hill country birds, and this is reflected in their choice of habitat on migration, where they choose short-cropped turf, near to some cover that they can bolt to if they are disturbed. Fieldfares and Redwings will form large winter flocks in fields looking for invertebrates or along fruit-bearing hedges for their fruit. Mistle Thrushes will also feed in the open, but need tall mature trees for their nesting habitat.