Ringing in the garden

Yesterday we spent the morning ringing in our garden with our trainer Geoff.  We were kept quite busy with a pleasing 24 birds, mostly consisting of Blue Tits.  We caught 21 Blue Tits, 1 House Sparrow and 2 Coal Tits.  

The Blue Tits were about evenly made up of 4’s and 3’s.

 The male House Sparrow was a very smart individual.  It was the first male House Sparrow I’ve ringed and our garden is the only site where we’ve ringed the species.

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The Coal Tits were both 1st calendar year birds.

The majority of the Blue Tits caught yesterday may have been part of a small flock passing through the garden as only 1 or 2 ringed Blue Tits have been seen since.