Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 19 August

We ran another session on the Grange side of the Holme Pierrepont site on Sunday. The team consisted of Gary, Steve, Nick, Duncan and I. Good to see Duncan out again after his mishap on the Shiants. The weather was perfect, broken cloud with no breeze. As we erected the nets the site again seemed very quiet first thing but at least all our poles were still in place so the nets went up quickly.

Catching was brisk early on despite the quietness, with the majority of the birds coming from the nets near the tape. The catch rate did diminish as the temperature started to rise but we were still kept busy all morning. We ended with 75 birds including 11 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Wren 1/2, Robin 1/0, Blackbird 1/0, Sedge Warbler 2/1, Reed Warbler 17/1, Lesser Whitethroat 2/0, Whitethroat 1/0, Garden Warbler 1/0, Blackcap 14/2, Willow Warbler 6/1, Chiffchaff 3/0, Long-tailed Tit 7/2, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 2/2, Bullfinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0.

I raised the question last week 'have the adult Reed Warblers already moved out?'; well this week all 18 birds caught were juvs so I guess the answer is yes. The only retrap Reed Warbler was a bird from last week so I guess the majority of the birds we caught were juvs moving through.


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