|The light was shocking yesterday (that is why it was so good for mist-netting) so this and the following photos of finches were from a few days ago.|
|Female Siskin being photobombed by a Goldfinch (also a female).|
|Male Starling ringed 29/11/17. Note the bill is starting to change from black to yellow and the base is becoming blue, showing it is a male. The uniform eye colour also indicates this bird is a male.|
|Female Starling ringed 20/01/18. The bill is all yellow and the base is turning pink showing this bird is a female. The pale eye ring also confirms the sex as female.|
Now you may have noticed that the ringing totals aren't listed in any sort of species order but my thoughts on that and recent changes to the British List can wait until another day, but the one thing that should really stand out is the lack of tits. There are very few Blue, Great and Coal Tits visiting my feeders and it has been pretty much the same all winter, but more so since the turn of the year. I don't know if it is because their populations are particularly low or if there is plenty of natural food that has allowed them to stay closer to their woodland breeding sites but there is no doubt that my garden is generally devoid of tits, apart from periodic visits by the Long-tailed variety. I am not complaining as I am not what you would call a tit man (can you say that anymore in these overly PC days) but Blues and Greats seem to have been unusually scarce in the garden this winter.