The first summer ringing session of 2014 at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont was carried out today by Gary, Alex and I. We expected to have to do fair bit of clearing because of the phenomenal vegetation growth we had seen locally but we were still surprised at what we found on site. The nettles were above head height in places and the brambles had gone crazy. The weather was overcast and quite still as we attacked the vegetation with various implements and erected nets as we cleared it, it was 3 hours after arriving on site before we had the last net up!
We still managed a decent catch of 66 birds including 8 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 2/2, Song Thrush 1/1, Robin 4/1, Wren 4/1, Dunnock 2/0, Reed Warbler 13/2, Blackcap 10/0, Garden Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 5/0, Chiffchaff 4/1, Willow Warbler 5/0, Great Tit 3/0, Treecreeper 1/0, Goldfinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 2/0. The oldest retrap was a Reed Warbler from 2011. Up to three Cuckoos were around most of the morning, calling and chasing but managing to avoid the nets!