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Blue Tit at ringing session

Observed: 21st November 2010 By: Saltholme Phoen...Saltholme Phoenix Group’s reputation in BirdsSaltholme Phoenix Group’s reputation in BirdsSaltholme Phoenix Group’s reputation in Birds

Wing feathers of Blue Tit being investigated to determine age during bird ringing demonstration at Billingham Beck Country Park. The RSPB Saltholme Phoenix Group.

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Species with which Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus) interacts


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A 3

In ringing terminology, this is a 3, a bird born this year. The primary coverts are dull (unmoulted juvenile feathers) compared to the very blue (moulted) greater coverts.

Otherwise, judging from the deep blue colour, it looks like a male; wing length would confirm this, with a male's wing being longer than a female's.


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Thanks for the information. The bird was indeed recorded as a 3 but I cannot remember the wing length - The event was a ringing demonstration that was attended by the RSPB Saltholme Phoenix Group and we did not do the recording. A great day was had by all and two of the group have started training as ringers.

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