There seems to be more of these bright little birds about this year. We have at least 6 feeding in the garden.
No interactions present.
AS can be seen the feeder blew away in the strong gale yesterday. Will have to repair lid!
The same observation about Coal Tits seems to have been noted in many parts of the country. I've caught and ringed very few juvenile Blue or Great Tits this summer/autumn, whereas Coal Tits seem to be in above average numbers. October saw numbers of Coal Tits above average in lots of places, as on this site, among others...
The reasons for the increased numbers will perhaps come to light when studies like the ringing Constant Effort Sites are analysed for the year.
My Flickr photos...
Its interesting that the Coal Tit is appearing in greater numbers elsewhere. They are not a bossy bird at the feeders even deferring to Blue Tits which are almost the same size.
I tried to get on a ringing course last year but the local one was well over subscribed so I missed out. I am definitely booked into one at Slapton Ley for next August. I look forward to it!
Be prepared to get addicted! Ringing is a lot of very early mornings and a lot of hard work, but the results gained can be so worthwhile. Hope you enjoy it!
My problem is not oversubscription but lack of personal transport. I have enquired with the local trainer but as ringing requires being at sometimes remote places at silly o’clock, quite reasonable he is unwilling to take me on if I can’t get there under my own steam. Would love to get involved though, the depth of knowledge acquired by ringers is fascinating, as you often demonstrate Ian.
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