Sunday, 5 September 2010

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 29 Aug

The last weather forecast I saw on Saturday said dry (previously it had said light rain), cloudy and breezy. We arrived on site to find it dry, cloudy and breezy, so far so good. We put up the same 12 nets we had used on the last two visits to the Blotts end of the gravels but some were clearly going to be wind affected. On putting up the nets we found another pole had been stolen and a few guys, guess we may have to review our kit policy for the site! (An mp3 player was stolen the week before too...)

The first round produced close on 40 birds, mostly from one net, the catch then dropped, the rain that was not forecast started lightly and the wind got stronger. We decided we would head home early and started taking down about 10:30, a wise decision. Just as we were about packed up the heavens opened and we were soaked by a torrential downpour, luckily the nets were down and the last birds had been released.

The catch we did have of 47 including 10 retraps did give us a few nice birds. A juv Linnet, the first on that site for 7 years, a juv Goldcrest and a juv Treecreeper along with another 17 new warblers. We also had a Sparrowhawk in the net but as so often happens it did not stay in long enough for us to get it out!

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