We opted to go ringing on Saturday as the weather forecast suggested that it was going to be the better day for ringing - and as I sit here typing this report on Sunday morning with the rain pouring down outside it was correct, for once.
A small team of Gary, Sue and I set nets at the ‘new Skylarks’ end of Holme Pierrepont with clear skies and a light but increasing breeze. We decided, because of the small team and the breeze, not to use some of the usual net sites but to try some new sites ready for the ringing demonstration later this month. We got just four of the usual nets up, one new net and was about to start on a second new net when Gary rang, he had gone on a net round as it was a while since the first net had been erected. The first net, a 12m, had 20 birds in it. We stopped putting up nets at that point and helped extract. The first two net rounds produced 51 birds but by then the breeze had increase to strong and the catching rate dropped dramatically forcing an early finish. Chris popped in and spent some time with us, he was down to check for any passing waders on the big lake.
We finished on 55 birds including 2 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Dunnock 1/0, Robin 1/0, Wren 1/0, Reed Warbler 1/0, Blackcap 13/0, Whitethroat 7/0, Lesser Whitethroat 2/2, Willow Warbler 3/0, Chiffchaff 4/0, Blue Tit 3/0, Great Tit 4/0, Long-tailed Tit 9/0, Goldfinch 2/0. The two retraps were both from the previous visit.