Nuthatch - a garden and ringing tick

As the wind had moved into the north west, the dip behind the house was sheltered and lots of birds were coming to the feeders down there so a bit of garden ringing was called for this-afternoon.

A male and juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker have been vising the peanut feeders for a few days and whilst watching them, I caught a glimpse of a Nuthatch on another feeder. At last! I had heard one very briefly in the spring but this was my first sighting and very glad about it I was too!

Even better was the fact that we trapped it later that afternoon.....

Juvenile male Nuthatch
Juvenile Great Spotted Woodpecker
We trapped lots of young Great Tits and Chaffinches. Also two more adult Bullfinches and two juveniles. A quick visit to the nearby stables resulted in two broods of Swallows ringed as well.

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