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also ou·sel  (o͞o′zəl)
1. See blackbird.
2. See dipper.

[Middle English osel, from Old English ōsle.]
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(ˈuːzəl) or


1. (Animals) the ring ouzel or water ouzel. See ring ouzel, dipper
2. (Animals) an archaic name for the (European) blackbird
[Old English ōsle, related to Old High German amsala (German Amsel), Latin merula merle1]
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Noun1.ouzel - common black European thrushouzel - common black European thrush  
thrush - songbirds characteristically having brownish upper plumage with a spotted breast
genus Turdus, Turdus - type genus of the Turdidae
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Up to five Ring Ouzels remain in the Nant Ffrancon Valley, with another reported around Llandudno's West Shore.
The ring ouzels joined many chiffchaffs, willow warblers, swallows and of course, wheatears, which moved in for summer this week among the calling meadow pipits and pied wagtails calling high overhead.
AFTER a slow start, a deluge of birds dropped on North Wales at the weekend, with Ring Ouzels the stars.
Six pairs of hen harriers and three pairs of ring ouzels also nested at the reserve, and 18 lekking Black Grouse males were surveyed.
Other coastal sightings include a Richard's Pipit at RSPB South Stack, Lapland Buntings at Cemlyn Bay and the Great Orme, Hobby at Carmel Head, Dartford Warbler at Uwchmynydd, and Ring Ouzels on the Little Orme, Holyhead and Safn Pant.
Ouzels have been spotted along the North Wales coast this month
Other species of note were several tree pipit, two ring ouzels and untimely records of fieldfare.
A Garganey was a oneday visitor to Malltraeth Cob last Wednesday, Ring Ouzels were on the Little Orme and near Wrexham at the weekend, and Great Orme on Tuesday.
There were three Ring Ouzels on the Great Orme, a Blue-headed Wagtail at Carmel Head and a Roseate Tern at nearby Cemlyn lagoon.
Curlews, skylarks, pippets, stonechats, lapwings, ring ouzels and many more live there.
THE spring passage of birds continues unabated in Cleveland with several ring ouzels noted among the arrivals.