A good team of Nabegh, Nick, Ian, Duncan, Gary and I opened up Holme Pierrepont for the spring. It looked for most of the morning that we would need to take down the nets at any time as dark clouds were never far away but other than a few spots of drizzle we managed a full session. We could hear Blackcaps, Chiffchaffs and a Willow Warbler singing and all three species ended up in the nets. The catch was steady as you would expect when most migrants have still not arrived on site. The total catch was 29 including 9 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Wren 1/1, Dunnock 1/1, Blackcap 2/0, Chiffchaff 4/1, Willow Warbler 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 0/1, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 4/1, Chaffinch 1/1, Bullfinch 1/1, Reed Bunting 4/2.
Overhead passed Buzzard, Sand Martin and Swallow, Great Spotted and Green Woodpeckers were also around most of the morning.