Since Saturday they've finished the berries on the roadside hedge and moved onto the other one. With quite a bit of time spent there this morning 14 birds were ringed but the colour-ringed bird evaded the net. They returned to feed again and again and also remained after we had finished. A great spectacle- we watched them drop down and drink out of the gutters on the houses further along with the odd one or two doing the reconnaisance work before they'd all go for it! Also great hospitality from the locals too who were interested to see the birds in the hand and one young chap helping releasing them after ringing. Thanks to all who popped out.
in the weighing pot, the females a bit bigger than the males. Note colour brightness of adult, mush less defined on last years birds.
wing colour and waxy tips