Monday, 4 July 2011

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 3 July

Just Gary, Mick P and I were out for the first session at HPG in over a month. Thankfully no wind but full sun from first thing made me think it might be a slow wrong I was. First we had to clear the rides, find the poles and guys etc after such a break from ringing there the vegetation had grown quite a bit. We managed 12 nets before we had to go back round the nets, the first catch was over 30 birds so we abandoned attempts to put up more nets. The idea was to go clear the other rides when the birds stopped - but they didn't. The sun got hotter, we kept moving round the bush at the base to try to keep in the shade and the birds kept going into the nets. We ended on 117 birds including 12 retraps and a control Reed Warbler. All the usual species were caught the only missing one being Willow Warbler but we did get 14 Chiffchaff - how things have changed! 71% of the birds caught were warblers.

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