Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 3 August

The weather forecast was wrong again! Saturday was going to be wet all day so we opted for Sunday which was going to be bright and breezy. Saturday morning turned out to be still, overcast and dry (perfect for ringing!), but by then we had opted for Sunday which they got correct and we had to take the nets down a little early because of the breeze.

A team of Duncan, Alex, Sue, Gary and I set all but one of the usual nets but a slow start to catching continued into the morning and we finished with only 29 including 7 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Robin 1/1, Wren 3/1, Reed Warbler 8/2, Blackcap 7/1, Cetti’s Warbler 0/1, Willow Warbler 1/0, Great Tit 1/1, Bullfinch 1/0.

Of the retraps we did get, the oldest were the Wren and Cetti’s Warbler, both from from 2012. The conditions undoubtedly effected the catch but the site did seem very quiet anyway. Overhead a couple of passing Ravens gave us something to look at.


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