...as opposed to plastic ones were the reward for a pre-work ringing session on the Nunnery Lakes reserve this morning. 29 Bewick's Swans did us proud (and got me a personal Lakes tick - that's 129 now, Darren!) by flying right overhead whilst we were processing Lesser Redpolls and Bramblings, calling as they went. Fortunately nobody had a bird in their hand at the crucial moment so bins were raised in unison... before we all turned to former Slimbridge volunteer Lucy Wright for confirmation we'd made the right call.
No need for dodgy plastic imitations here!