Duncan, Alex, Tom, Sue, Trish, Jake, Gary and I made another visit to Ramsdale this morning. Holme Pierrepont was not an option this week because of the Triathlon event that was taking place there. Heavy overnight rain had soaked the vegetation but by the time we arrived on site the rain had stopped and there was very little breeze with generally overcast skies. Wet vegetation always seems to reduce bird activity but the site did seem quiet anyway.
We set the standard 8 x 18m nets pretty quickly with the large team but ended with a less than expected catch of 47 birds including 3 retraps. These were made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 2/1, Song Thrush 1/0, Wren 3/0, Dunnock 4/0, Robin 1/0, Blackcap 10/1, Garden Warbler 0/1, Chiffchaff 10/0, Willow Warbler 2/0, Whitethroat 2/0, Blue Tit 1/0, Linnet 5/0, Goldfinch 1/0, Bullfinch 2/0. The oldest retraps were from 2015.