On 31st January 2019, I was catching birds for ringing using a 6-m mist net in a suburban garden in Liverpool, Lancashire & North Merseyside. The catch rate was low, with just one or two birds being caught in the net at any given time. At one point, a 2CY male Great Tit Parus major was caught. During the minute or so it took me to reach the net, the bird sang several times. It was a rather ‘

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