Tui waiting for some Bling but watch out for those claws!
After the record year in 2010 we had rather disappointing banding numbers in 2011. With a total of 466 birds of 13 species banded and 199 recaptures of 11 species, this is the lowest total since 2002 and just over half the numbers in 2010. There are several possible reasons for the lower numbers –
# Fewer birds of key species esp. the big three; Silvereye, Greenfinch and House Sparrow.
# Bad weather days, several of our banding sessions were affected by weather which meant that fewer nets were put up and a reduced catch.
# My health, with several surgical procedures during the year the timing of sessions was disrupted.
Since starting banding at the Zoo in July 2000 we have banded 7038 birds and made 2369 recaptures. Our oldest bird of each species banded at the Zoo in days from banding are; Blackbird 3299 (dead) 2621 (live), Chaffinch 1780 (recaptured at Houghton Bay), Goldfinch 1428, Greenfinch 1792, Dunnock 1355 (dead) 1190 (live), House Sparrow 2457, Fantail 154, Grey Warbler 1519, Silvereye 2674, Starling 2918 (dead) 2261 (live) Song Thrush 889, Tui 2269 (dead) 2350 (live colour band sighting).