The Brent enjoyed the sun today despite the continued cold spell, and the temperature managed to rise to zero degrees.
The first bird ringed this year proved to be an adult male Blackbird, one of 4 on the island today together with 2 Song Thrushes (including the partial albino).
The Blackbird was in good condition having plenty of body fat.
Also caught was a Meadow Pipit first ringed as a juvenile here in August 2007. Some of the breeding Meadow Pipits undoubtably go to the mainland in winter, some possibly travel further south, as ringing recoveries will hopefully confirm.
(JE) photos by JE