Lets just say I was proven very very wrong..........
Not one beautiful little female, but two......although a fellow photographer later said he thought it was one female and a juvenile. Both were ringed, but although I can get some quite good close ups of the rings, I cant read the numbers.
So even though it was bitterly cold, the sun barely peeped out all day and we were suffering from numb faces and finger-tips, seeing the little Beardies was brilliant.
The other Barnes Birds also really enjoyed feeding the tame Parakeets, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Chaffinch and Robin. Even Arthur the half-tail squirrel gently took nuts from our hands. All in all a very pleasant day even if the Tawnys and Little Owls were hiding away from the cold wind.