Sunday, 6 September 2015

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 6 September

Gary, Duncan, Sue and I made a visit to the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont today. The weather was calm but mostly sunny apart from a while mid-morning when we did get a little cloud cover. It has been a few weeks since we visited the site but all the poles were still in place and we erected 14 nets and had two warbler recordings playing. Catching was steady all morning but shortly before we took down a few Long-tailed Tits were calling near the base so I changed one of the MP3’s to play Long-tailed Tit and it resulted in a mixed catch of 20 birds in the 12m net next to the base. We ended on 89 birds including 9 retraps.

The species totals were (new/retrap) Dunnock 4/0, Robin 7/1, Wren 4/1, Blackbird 3/0, Blackcap 14/1, Whitethroat 2/0, Reed Warbler 12/0, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 10/1, Willow Warbler 4/0, Cetti’s Warbler 0/1, Goldcrest 1/0, Blue Tit 7/2, Great Tit 4/0, Long-tailed Tit 4/2, Treecreeper 1/0, Bullfinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. The oldest retrap was the Cetti’s Warbler that was ringed as a juvenile last year. The Treecreeper was an adult just completing wing moult, note the small spots on the tips of the primary coverts. Overhead were Siskins throughout the morning and the now ever present Buzzards.


 Blue Tit (Sue Lakeman)
 Treecreeper (Sue Lakeman)

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