Gary, Duncan and I made another visit to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont, we decided on that end of the site after news on the internet suggested there was quite a warbler movement on this weekend and that site would possibly be better than the Grange end. Unfortunately there was no cloud cover but at least there was no breeze. The site sounded very quiet to start and so it proved. As we approached midday interest had only been raised by the capture of another Sparrowhawk and Green Woodpecker – but we had only caught 35 birds!
We decided to take the nets down but that took a little longer than planned as the nets contained a surprise catch of 28 more birds, boosting the total for the session to 63, including 9 retraps, much more respectable.
The species totals were (new/retrap) Sparrowhawk 1/0, Green Woodpecker 1/0, Dunnock 0/1, Wren 2/0, Robin 2/0, Blackbird 1/0, Blackcap 14/2, Garden Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 10/0, Reed Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 3/1, Willow Warbler 3/1, Blue Tit 2/1, Great Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 2/3, Greenfinch 1/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Goldfinch 5/0, Bullfinch 2/0, Reed Bunting 1/0.
The oldest retrap was a Long-tailed Tit from 2007. Overhead was also quiet with a Buzzard and Yellow Wagtail noted but few hirundines and no Swifts. We also had a Kestrel perched on top of one of the mist net poles.