We decided to run a session from the A52 side of the Holme Pierrepont site because of a major event being held at the Water Sports Centre. A good sized team of Gary, Steve, Nick, Libby, Ian, possible new recruit Tom and I carried all the kit and poles up the track for the first session at this site for 2012. The weather was good with just a light breeze but the breeze did pick up quite a bit as the morning went on.
Unfortunately the poor weather we have had has also affected this normally dry site. The base was flooded, some of the usual nets were not possible to put up because of the water and a couple were only possible with wellies that were close to being breeched!
Catching was steady right up to the time we took down but there were no flocks of birds moving through and not a single Blue or Great Tit was caught. We ended with 63 birds including 6 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Wren 2/0, Dunnock 7/1, Robin 8/0, Blackbird 0/1, Song Thrush 0/1, Sedge Warbler 0/1, Reed Warbler 9/0, Lesser Whitethroat 3/0, Whitethroat 4/0, Garden Warbler 3/0, Blackcap 5/1, Willow Warbler 7/1, Chiffchaff 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 2/0, Greenfinch 1/0, Goldfinch 3/0, Bullfinch 2/0.