As the usual noisy gang of Starlings swooped down to feed I noticed that one of them had been ringed. Something I might expect to see on the more endangered species but was surprised to see on such a common bird. Some of these birds are resident and some are visitors and migrate to the European mainland so this may be a way of finding out how many of each type we have.
It looked to be a shiny new ring to me. I wonder where it was tagged. I need to be able to see more of the number so I could look it up.
Having had a look around the web and using what I can make out on the ring it appears to have been issued by Riksmuseum Stockholm, Sweden so this may well be one of our visiting Starlings. I hope I can get some more photos of it to read the whole number. Then I can get the full information about this bird.
Yesterday when I went to get the mower out I noticed a couple of moths doing their best to camouflage themselves against the brickwork.
Any help in identifying them would be gratefully received.
The 2nd one looks like one of the wave moths to me. Possibly the Riband Wave (Idaea aversata).
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