Bamboo is still there and yes, it still looks like it could do with a bit of attention, but what an amazing year so far in the garden ringing wise. Had another catch of 37 new birds today including the first Brambling. So far this year I've managed to ring 228 Siskin, 107 Goldfinch, 76 Lesser Redpoll, 6 Chaffinch and a Brambling. Paul, who is only 6 kms down the road, has had another 210 Siskin, 65 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Common Redpoll, 16 Goldfinch, 12 Chaffinch and 4 Greenfinch. Quite a few birds, including this smart adult male Lesser Redpoll, have visited both gardens and we've also had a couple of control Lesser Redpolls and Siskin. Who said garden ringing was uninteresting?