Annette, Ros and I had a reasonable tally this morning with a total of 65 birds of 7 species. Even though there was a steady flow most of the time, it was not as many as I had expected. It wasn’t until we were getting ready to pack up that we found out why. The people in the house next door had put out a large amount of food and a lot of “our” birds were going there. We still had an enjoyable morning even though it got a bit cold for a while, especially while there was a lull in the bird numbers. As usual we enjoyed generous hospitality along with a delicious morning tea spread (no tea involved actually - 2 coffees and some warm milk!).
Species caught were – (Recaps in brackets)
Blackbird – 3 (0)
Chaffinch – 6 (1)
Greenfinch – 1 (0)
Silvereye – 1 (1)
Starling – 2 (0)
House Sparrow – 42 (7) Most have finished their moult although a few still have a couple of primaries to go.
|Both these male Sparrows are in their first year but show considerable variation in plumage.|
Tui – 1 (0)
|2+ F Tui|
|Wing of the above bird showing slot in P7|