The BTO announced today what we'd all suspected for a while - that 2010 was a record-breaking ringing year. With a productive breeding season and (finally!) an autumn migration of note, we all knew the total would be good, but topping the million is still pretty impressive. So well done to the record 2,700 ringers who worked hard through the year to hit this total.
The full totals are all on the BTO website, where you can also check out the totals for your own county. It was good to see my 1,000 birds were a reasonable chunk of the 7,200 ringed in Cornwall and my garden Tawny Owl was the only one ringed!
More detail on the milestone can be found on the webzine.