Bird ringing was arranged at short notice because of the lovely calm conditions forecast on 20th January
It was a very pleasant 4 hours, we caught and ringed 75 different birds (and these are bound to be just a small sample of the birds that visit the feeders each day). We also caught one Blue Tit that had been caught elsewhere, at Madingley Wood just west of Cambridge (5 km north of us) – recognisable because as well as already having a standard metal ring on one leg, it also had a plastic colour ring and a tiny PIT-tag on the other leg. A PIT-tag is a Passive Integrate Transponder. Basically, a type of electronic bar code, which means that each time it visits a feeding station or nest box with a suitable reader, it gives a reading. We will try to find out from Madingley scientists about this bird and the research project it is involved with! The photo below is this bird!
The commonest species we caught was Blue Tit, but there were good numbers of Great Tit and Greenfinch among them, plus a few Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Robin and Long-tailed Tits, and one each of Meadow Pipit, Dunnock and Yellowhammer.