Gary, Duncan, Alex and I made another visit to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont on Sunday. I had been looking at the forecasts for the previous few days but the only thing they all agreed on was that Sunday was not going to be windy, other than that they were all over the place regarding sun and rain. As it turned out all three forecasts I looked at for the last time on Saturday evening got it wrong, apart for the wind speed. We enjoyed mostly overcast skies with virtually no wind and the catch reflected that. The first round produced about 30 birds and catching continued to be good all morning.
We ended on 116 birds including 8 retraps. The species totals were (new/retrap): Dunnock 2/0, Robin 2/0, Blackbird 2/1, Song Thrush 1/0, Blackcap 43/3, Garden Warbler 6/0, Whitethroat 12/1, Lesser Whitethroat 3/0, Reed Warbler 7/0, Chiffchaff 7/1, Willow Warbler 4/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 1/0, Goldfinch 13/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Bullfinch 1/2, Reed Bunting 2/0.
The oldest retrap was a Blackbird from 2012. Overhead was fairly quiet but as we were busy with all the birds we caught we might have missed some movement. We did comment that we did not see a hirundine all morning. The large flock of Goldfinch were still on site and just before we finished we changed one of the mp3 players to Goldfinch calls, quite a way from the main feeding site of the flock but still managed to pull in 12 of the 13 birds shown above.