The day Steve had first seen one of the birds (and photographed it) we were back ringing at Barry's for what will be our last winter session in his garden. It was a good session with 80+ birds being processed including good numbers of Goldfinches & Greenfinches. Highlight was this adult Jay who proceeded to express its displeasure by drawing blood from both John & I.
They are gorgeous birds!
Elsewhere I spent an amazing 15 minutes watching a Treecreeper building its nest behind some loose bark from point blank range in Stanney Woods and within minutes discovered a Nuthatch using mud to make the entrance hole to its preferred nest hole smaller. With Long-tailed Tits discovered nest building as well it appears the birds really do think spring is here. The Wood Anemone's are also flowering in Stanney but as yet there is no sign of the lesser -spotted Woodpecker.