Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Zoo Sunday 27 May

Despite a strong, gusty northerly wind we had a reasonably successful banding session at the Zoo this morning (Sunday). We put up fewer nets than usual with the more exposed sites not used and we took them down late morning when the rain started to threaten. In all we caught 54 birds of 8 species with 38 being new and 16 recaptures. There was a small group of banders today however this was not surprising considering the conditions. We had a good mixture of experience and others keen to learn.

Species caught were – (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird – 1 (0)
Dunnock – 1 (0)
Chaffinch – 1 (0)
Greenfinch – 4 (2) 1 of the recaps was originally banded at the Island Bay site in July 10.
House Sparrow – 3 (2)
Starling – 1 (0)
Song Thrush – 1 (0) our first for some time, still not sure why we don’t catch more there were a number singing when we arrived.
Silvereye – 26 (12) all of the recaps were banded in the last year or so and as well we caught a large number a second and third time

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