Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 29 May

I listened to the wind through the night and it was still blowing when I got up just after five and it continued through the morning making life pretty difficult. We put up a reduced selection of nets so that we could check them more frequently than usual, but by about 10:30 we gave up and took them down. Considering this, we did well to catch the 31 birds that we processed. Most were adult male birds, with many females still tight on eggs. However we did catch a couple of newly fledged Great Tits. Also caught were Reed, Sedge, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap and Chiffchaff and an adult male Greenfinch - the first for a little while.

Butterflies and dragonflies were virtually absent, courtesy of the weather, but a few hundred Swifts spent much of the morning hawking only just above net height and a single Hobby dashed through at one point. Perhaps the only other sighting of note was 3 Pochard on the water.

Pete

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