Birds ringed in the Garden

Occasionally, Mark Breaks, a qualified ringer with loads of experience at some prime migration hot-spots, comes round to ring birds in my garden that backs onto open countryside and a wooded clough. We've set up various net positions and regularly catch several common species but especially Lesser Redpoll, Bullfinch and Goldfinch are of interest.
Male Bullfinch
Top net in back garden
Ringing hut!
Nets down 'the dip'
Measuring a Redpoll's wing length
Some birds from Oct/Nov 2010
Collared Dove
Rounded tail feathers indicate an adult bird in the finch family. Juveniles are more pointed.
Adult male Lesser Redpoll
Long-tailed Tit
Male Greenfinch
Male Greenfinch wing
Here are a few snaps of birds that have been ringed in the garden these past couple of winters (2008/9 and 09/10).
Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll
Lesser Redpoll
Bullfinch - female
Goldfinch - female
Grey Wagtail - 1st winter male
Grey Wagtail
Mark doing the ringing stuff
Reed Bunting
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Reed Bunting


  1. Gorgeous photography. All the birds are amazing; I especially like that magpie!


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