TOP TIP! In April, the last win­ter­ing Red­wings and Field­fares leave the UK, while it is peak time for Ring Ouzel pas­sage

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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.

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