For the past two Saturdays I've managed to squeeze in some ringing with Paul Roper on 23rd February and with Paul H on the 2nd March. The 23rd was all about contributing to the BTO Blue Tit moult project-basically trying to distinguish the retained (old) feathers grown in the nest from those grown in the moult by first year birds. 23 retraps and 19 new birds including 3 Redwing kept Louise and I busy.
Yesterday 2nd March Paul Hawkins and I did a short session in east London. Still low numbers around but still enjoyable as always. Just 12 birds processed but this 5 Male Goldcrest below was one of many seen around the site (first of the year here)
Goldcrest taken with the Iphone
The Patch is still in standard mode despite being on #81 for the year it just needs a decent bird for us all to spice things up a little. Tawney Owl, Stonechat, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Coal Tit being the latest birds added.