Monday, 14 July 2014

Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 12 July

The third summer ringing session of 2014 at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont was carried out today by Gary, Duncan, Tom, Sue and I along with Linda Lowndes visiting us from the South Lincs R.G. The nets were quickly erected on a warm, muggy but still morning, with the forecast predicting it to get hot. We caught steadily throughout the morning until it really started to get hot about mid-morning. The Blackcap numbers were well down on last week but we did get the first Sedge Warblers and Lesser Whitethroats of the summer. A Woodpigeon and Green Woodpecker added a little extra to the mix, as did the capture of 3 more Cetti’s Warblers.

We finished with a total catch of 108 birds including 16 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Woodpigeon 1/0, Green Woodpecker 1/0, Blackbird 2/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Dunnock 1/0, Robin 4/1, Wren 2/2, Reed Warbler 16/3, Sedge Warbler 5/0, Blackcap 8/1, Garden Warbler 4/1, Whitethroat 2/1, Lesser Whitethroat 3/0, Cetti’s Warbler 3/0, Chiffchaff 5/0, Willow Warbler 4/0, Blue Tit 11/1, Great Tit 10/1, Long-tailed Tit 1/1, Treecreeper 1/1, Bullfinch 3/0, Reed Bunting 4/3. Of the retraps we did get, the oldest was a Garden Warbler from 2011. As I headed for home the car temperature gauge told me it was 27 degrees outside, definitely the right time to end a great morning's ringing.


 Cetti's Warbler, Green Woodpecker (T. Shields) and Treecreeper (S. Lakeman)

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