We ran a session on the Grange side of the Holme Pierrepont site on Sunday. The team consisted of Gary, Jim, Steve, Ewan (on a visit from Aberdeen, nice to see him again) and I. The weather was good, bright with only a little breeze but the site again seemed very quiet first thing. The net erecting took longer than it should as we spent quite a while looking for some of the poles, before resigning ourselves to the fact that another 3 had been pinched.
Catching was fairly steady right up to the time we took down but again there were no flocks of birds moving through. A Sparrowhawk was a nice find in the bottom shelf of one of the nets, no Ian around to ring it so Steve got another one. Although we had 19 Reed Warblers it was a lot less than the last visit to the Grange and the two retraps were both juvs; have the adults moved out?
We ended with 64 birds including 8 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Sparrowhawk 1/0, Wren 1/1, Robin 2/0, Sedge Warbler 2/0, Reed Warbler 17/2, Garden Warbler 1/0, Blackcap 11/0, Willow Warbler 8/2, Chiffchaff 2/0, Blue Tit 1/2, Great Tit 1/0, Bullfinch 7/1, Reed Bunting 2/0.