Blackbird Leg Ring
The British Trust for Ornithology have confirmed the source ring found by Richard on a dead blackbird in his garden. The ring was put on a juvenile female Blackbird on 20/11/2010 by a volunteer ringer who happens to live in the same village. On this occasion the movement may not be significant but it's still a useful record - it goes into the BTO database and helps us to understand survival rates etc. One of the main reasons that Song Thrush numbers have declined is because juvenile birds no longer have such a good chance of surviving their first winter - they feel the pinch when food is short. Presumably juvenile Blackbirds will also have had a tough time this winter.The British Trust for Ornithology
We greatly need more members of the public to find and report ringed birds, as this improves our knowledge on how long birds live, where they go and what happens to them. It's not only interesting for the finder to know where THEIR bird came from but it's good to know that this information can be used to provide scientific information that can contribute to species conservation.