Duncan, Gary and I made the second visit of the year to the Blott’s end of Holme Pierrepont this morning. We put up the 8 nets we cleared rides for on the last visit. The morning started clear and breezy and the breeze was increasing as the morning went on, but some cloud cover later helped. We did take down one net early because of the wind.
Catching started briskly again but dropped after the first round. Warblers made up the majority of the catch as usual but surprisingly the warbler species with the highest total for the morning was Garden Warbler, with 16 individuals caught.
We ended with a total catch of 72 including 3 retraps, made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 2/0, Dunnock 1/0, Wren 3/0, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 11/0, Garden Warbler 15/1, Whitethroat 5/0, Chiffchaff 8/0, Willow Warbler 5/0, Reed Warbler 11/2, Blue Tit 4/0, Great Tit 2/0, Bullfinch 1/0. The retraps were all recently ringed birds. Plenty of birds about again and only the breeze stopped us having a bigger catch.