Alex, Duncan, Gary and I made the first ringing visit to the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont today. We decided to try the new section we had cleared between the Grange pit and the A52 lake. Another frosty morning to start with, can’t you tell spring is here?! But with the clear skies, the sun soon warmed things up. This new area is pretty pole intensive as all the nets are singles apart from a double 12m ride but they were soon up and catching was steady all morning.
We ended with a total of 40 birds including 5 retraps. The species totals were (new/retrap): Song Thrush 1/0, Robin 1/1, Wren 3/0, Blackcap 11/0, Whitethroat 1/0, Lesser Whitethroat 1/0, Cetti’s Warbler 1/1, Chiffchaff 2/0, Willow Warbler 1/0, Dunnock 4/1, Reed Bunting 5/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Great Tit 2/0, Long-tailed Tit 1/2.
The oldest retrap was the Cetti’s Warbler which was ringed in October 2012. There were at least 3 Buzzards, the other summer migrants noted but not caught were Swallow, Sand Martin and Sedge Warbler.