The forecast said still and overcast for Saturday, bright and breezy for Sunday, so we decided to make the first visit of the year to the A52 end of Holme Pierrepont on Saturday. We may have to start referring to the site differently as we no longer have to park on the A52 and make the long walk up the old concrete road since Tom got us a key to the ‘new’ Skylarks reserve car park, well done Tom.
A good team of Duncan, Tom, Alex, Sue, Linda, Gary and I arrived on site to find the still conditions that had been forecast but not the overcast conditions, there was hardly a cloud in the sky all morning. We set about clearing the rides and had a decent first catch but the rising sun and what appeared to be low numbers of birds at the site soon saw the catch diminish.
We finished slightly early because the conditions, finishing on 41 (including 4 retraps) made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/1, Robin 7/0, Wren 1/2, Reed Warbler 6/1, Blackcap 8/0, Garden Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 3/0, Lesser Whitethroat 4/0, Chiffchaff 1/0, Willow Warbler 3/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. Of the retraps we did get the oldest were the Wrens, both from from 2012.