Thursday, 11 July 2019

Holme Pierrepont, Sunday 7 July

We had another session at the Blotts end of Holme Pierrepont this morning. The team consisted of Holly, Alan, Helen, Gary, Duncan and myself. A very busy morning with calm conditions, no doubt it would have been even busier if the predicted overcast conditions had not turned out to be mainly bright sun! No Willow Tit caught this week but we did have a good catch of 119 birds including 15 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/0, Song Thrush 1/0, Robin 6/1, Wren 9/2, Willow Warbler 10/2, Chiffchaff 19/2, Blackcap 12/0, Garden Warbler 3/0, Whitethroat 3/2, Lesser Whitethroat 1/0, Reed Warbler 3/0, Sedge Warbler 2/1, Blue Tit 16/1, Great Tit 7/0, Long-tailed Tit 4/2. Bullfinch 4/2, Goldfinch 3/0. The oldest retraps were from 2017. No Cuckoo calling this morning!


Ramsdale Park Golf Centre, Wednesday 3 July

We paid the second visit of the summer to Ramsdale this morning and the weather was sunny but calm. The team consisted of Holly, Gary, Mick T, Mick P and myself. We had a first round that was fairly hectic but the warm sun getting higher in the sky slowed things down a little as the morning went on. We finished with a reasonable total of 66 birds including 2 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Robin 3/0, Wren 4/0, Willow Warbler 1/0, Chiffchaff 12/1, Blackcap 4/1, Garden Warbler 1/0, Whitethroat 4/0, Treecreeper 2/0, Blue Tit 29/0, Great Tit 1/0, Long-tailed Tit 2/1, Coal Tit 1/0. A little disappointed with the low number of warblers but Blue Tits there seem to have had a good breeding season. The oldest retrap was a Chiffchaff from 2017.


Sunday, 7 July 2019

Late June, Holme Pierrepont

We paid a visit to the Grange end of Holme Pierrepont on Thursday 27/06/19 and to the Blotts end on Sunday 30/06/19.

On 27 June the weather was bright but a little breezy and we had a bit of a job tidying up the net rides after not visiting for about 8 weeks. The team consisted of Gary, Holly, Sarah, Alice, Mick and myself. The catch rate was steady throughout the morning and we finished with a good total of 78 birds including 14 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Blackbird 1/1, Robin 2/0, Wren 3/0, Dunnock 0/1, Willow Warbler 3/0, Chiffchaff 12/1, Blackcap 16/2, Garden Warbler 1/0, Reed Warbler 13/7, Cetti’s Warbler 1/1, Treecreeper 1/0, Blue Tit 4/1, Great Tit 4/0, Reed Bunting 3/0. The oldest retrap was a Reed Warbler from 2017.

On 30 June the weather was generally sunny but with a stiff breeze blowing which no doubt adversely affected the catching rate. We had bumper team out consisting of Gary, Holly, Sarah, Sophie, Richard, Kate, Alan, Tom, Duncan, Mick and myself. There were plenty of birds around and despite the stiff breeze we still ended with an excellent catch of 93 including 11 retraps made up of (new/retrap): Song Thrush 1/0, Robin 2/1, Wren 3/1, Dunnock 2/0, Willow Warbler 5/1, Chiffchaff 8/2, Blackcap 23/3, Garden Warbler 5/0, Whitethroat 6/1, Reed Warbler 4/0, Sedge Warbler 1/0, Cetti’s Warbler 1/0, Willow Tit 1/0, Blue Tit 13/1, Great Tit 2/0, Long-tailed Tit 1/0, Bullfinch 1/1, Greenfinch 1/0, Chaffinch 1/0, Reed Bunting 1/0. The most surprising bird of the day was a juvenile Willow Tit, the first at Holme Pierrepont for 8 years. The oldest retrap was a Bullfinch from 2017. We were also a little surprised to hear a Cuckoo calling this morning.


Willow Warbler & Willow Tit (Alan Hurst)