Saturday, 12 September 2015

Ringing Demo, Holme Pierrepont, Saturday 12 September

The weather forecast for today was not good, rain to start and breezy throughout - and so it was. Gary, Mick P, Duncan, Alex, Tom and I set the usual nets after the rain stopped around 0800. Catching started OK but soon dropped of as the wind picked up. A few intermittent showers through the morning stopped and the skies cleared to give an hour or so of sunshine. The inclement weather seemed to be keeping the public away, just as well as by midday we were catching nothing despite moving nets into less wind affected positions. Just after 1300 we decided to take the nets down and as we did the heavens opened and by the time the nets were down we were all soaked to the skin. The torrential rain stopped by the time the nets were down! We ended on 35 birds including 7 retraps. The species totals were (new/retrap) Blackcap 10/1, Garden Warbler 2/1, Lesser Whitethroat 4/0, Reed Warbler 2/0, Chiffchaff 2/0, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 3/1, Long-tailed Tit 0/4, Chaffinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. Overhead passed a few Hirundines, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel and a Hobby.

Ruth Walker popped in to see us for an hour or so, it was good to see her and catch up a little since her move to Norfolk, which she is clearly enjoying.


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