I think this must be one of the best birds I've rung so far. Not only did it look great, but it also had a great feel to it, with the stiff tail feathers, a powerful beak, which it used to peck me, and amazingly strong claws. A real honour! Other birds that I was lucky enough to handle today were: Nuthatch (1 retrap), Chaffinch (1 retrap), Great Tit (1 retrap) and Goldfinch (1 new bird).
Also seen today were: 2 Whitethroats which were singing in the trees and bushes (1 of which we caught and ringed), a Mistle Thrush, a Swift overhead and 4 Swallows. A check of the nestboxes on site also revealed Blue and Great Tits on eggs and one nest of day old sparrow chicks, most likely Tree Sparrows.