Sunday, 1 May 2011

Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 30 April

Glorious sunshine and not so glorious wind rather limited our catch today, although we used the time constructively to get most of the remaining poles and guys in place across the site.

Our total of 26 birds was certainly not unprecented for this time of year and in fact there is often a bit of a dip after the main wave of migrants has passed and before the first youngsters start to appear. However, what we lacked in numbers we made up for in variety with 14 apecies trapped. Break down as follows (new/retrap): Garden Warbler (0/1), Blackcap (1/0), Whitethroat (0/2), Sedge Warbler (1/1), Reed Warbler (1/4), Willow Warbler (1/1), Chiffchaff (0/2), Blue Tit (1/0), Chaffinch (0/1), Bullfinch (0/1), Song Thrush (0/3), Blackbird (1/0), Long-tailed Tit (0/1), Reed Bunting (2/1).

Also around were a pair of Gadwall looking saucy, a Cuckoo, several Common Terns and several Lesser Whitethroats. Although we only caught one, Garden Warblers seemed to be particularly noticeable and singing in many places.


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