Ring Ouzels have arrived

We were lucky enough to see Ring Ouzels on our walk today on Derwent Edge.  These birds which look a bit like a blackbird with a white ring around the front of their neck, spend the winter in Spain or North Africa and migrate north each year in April to nest. 

Their numbers have declined substantially over recent years and there are now believed to be only around 7,000 breeding pairs returning to the UK each year. 

They favour rocky hillsides for their nesting grounds, and in the Peak District as we usually get a few nesting pairs on the gritstone crags of Stanage Edge and Derwent Edge.         

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