Gary, Tom, Alex, Duncan and I cleared the rides, made a couple of new ones and set nets in sunny and breezy conditions. Surprisingly, despite the conditions, we were rewarded with a decent catch of 59 birds made up of all new birds apart from a retrap Bullfinch from 2012.
The species totals were Woodpigeon 1, Dunnock 3, Wren 2, Robin 6, Blackcap 5, Garden Warbler 1, Whitethroat 3, Lesser Whitethroat 2, Reed Warbler 8, Chiffchaff 6, Willow Warbler 10, Blue Tit 2, Great Tit 4, Goldfinch 2, Bullfinch 2, Greenfinch 1, Reed Bunting 1.
Chris popped in to Holme Pierrepont to hand back his rings and say goodbye prior to his imminent move to Arran. Chris will be missed, he has been a long standing, very knowledgeable and popular member of the group, our best wishes go with him. Hopefully he will pop back from time to time to see us, or at least to get away from the midges!
Greenfinch and young Wood Pigeon (A. Phillips)