Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Island Bay 18 Sept - another old bird


I had a good morning’s banding at Island Bay this morning with a steady flow of birds and pretty good conditions. It was a little windy early on and then a bit too sunny later. Numbers were not spectacular but fairly typical for this time of year, with a total of 31 birds of 6 species including 24 new and 7 recaptures.

Species caught were – (recaps in brackets)
Chaffinch – 3 (0)
Greenfinch – 3 (0)
Blackbird – 3 (3) D-193264 a female which was banded 26/5/08 was for a time our oldest Blackbird recap and then D-190454 a male was caught and she was relegated to second oldest (but still oldest female). He was banded 4/11/07 and is now the oldest bird of any species banded and recaptured at this site; neither bird had been recaptured before.
The old bird about to be released - until next time
Another Blackbird was recaptured twice about three and half hours apart in that time it had put on about 6 gr in weight.
First year Blackbird about to be released for the second time.

Starling – 1 (0)
House Sparrow – 11 (4)
Tui – 3 (0) the Brown/fawn coloured Tui that has been in the area for some time was seen several times, mostly while being chased by a large normal coloured male. Managed to catch the chasing bird but unfortunately not the chased!

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