Tom, Alex, Duncan and I made a visit to the new Skylarks end of Holme Pierrepont on Saturday. With a much reduced team compared to our last visit and overcast and relatively calm conditions, we only erected 8 nets, we did not want to get caught out with a massive catch again! It started well with good numbers on the first few net rounds but then catches quickly dropped off.
We finished with 59 birds including 6 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 2/0, Robin 3/3, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Reed Warbler 3/0, Whitethroat 3/0, Blackcap 22/0, Chiffchaff 13/1, Willow Warbler 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 0/1, Chaffinch 0/1, Goldfinch 3/0, Reed Bunting 2/0.
The retraps were all from the previous visit except the Long-tailed Tit which was from 2012. Interestingly the 12m net that caught about 25% of the birds on the last visit had just 1 retrap Robin this visit! Overhead passed a small number of hirundines, two Raven and a couple of Snipe.