After hearing the forecast for the weekend a few days before I decided that Sunday would be the best day for another session at the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont. It certainly turned out to be the best day after the torrential rain we had on Saturday. Sunday started still and overcast but the sun soon came out as Gary, Alex, Linda, Clare and I set all the usual nets. Linda was paying us another visit from South Lincs and Clare came along to see what ringing was all about.
We caught steadily throughout the morning in very humid conditions, although the catch was down on last week's total. We finished with a total catch of 72 birds including 10 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Dunnock 2/0, Robin 3/1, Wren 6/3, Reed Warbler 18/2, Sedge Warbler 3/0, Blackcap 11/0, Garden Warbler 3/0, Whitethroat 0/1, Cetti’s Warbler 0/1, Chiffchaff 1/0, Willow Warbler 2/0, Blue Tit 2/0, Great Tit 2/2, Long-tailed Tit 2/0, Goldfinch 3/0, Reed Bunting 4/0.
Of the retraps we did get, the oldest was a Wren from 2011. The only warbler retraps we had were 3 adults, all the juvs we have ringed in the last few weeks seem to be passing straight through.