Steve, Duncan, Gary and I arrived at Holme Pierrepont to find frost on the ground and warblers singing. The sun soon melted the frost and although very pleasant when coupled with the breeze it did nothing to help our catch.
Only one week since we opened up the site but already one guy and one pole had been removed from their locations, the guy dumped further down the net ride and the pole thrown into the lake. Both were retrieved but the days of being able to leave kit safely at the site have passed. To help with this I made some 'rustic' poles from the Silver Birch trees we 'trimmed' a few weeks ago.
A Whitethroat was singing, though evaded the nets but we did get the first Sedge and Reed Warblers of the season. The catch was slow and certainly effected by the weather the total being 25 including 6 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Wren 1/0, Dunnock 1/1, Robin 1/1, Blackbird 2/0, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Reed warbler 1/0, Blackcap 2/1, Chiffchaff 1/1, Willow Warbler 3/0, Long-tailed Tit 2/1, Great Tit 1/1, Reed Bunting 3/0.
Overhead passed Curlew, plenty of Sand Martin and Swallow and the first Swift of the year.