Monday, 25 July 2011

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 24 July

On Saturday Duncan paid a visit to the National Water Sports Centre to check out the possibility of parking there on Sunday for our ringing session. He was advised by staff not to come down so we changed the session to the A52 side, a rather early date for us to try there. We had to clear rides before setting the nets, the breeze was picking up as the morning went on and with only 13 poles at our disposal it was never going to be a 'major' session. However, we finished on a respectable 58 birds including 5 retraps. Warblers made up 64% of the catch and we even had 5 Willow Warblers but worryingly 4 of these were adults, I think they must have had a terrible breeding season in our area this year. A relative rarity for the site was caught - a Greenfinch and a small bird passed overhead calling that had us all stumped. The retraps were all relatively recent birds and included Whitethroat and Reed Warbler that were ringed at the Grange site this year.

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