Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Zoo banding - Sat 24 Nov

With good conditions despite the forecast predicting showers we managed to catch 59 birds of 10 species with 39 new and 20 recaps. Ten species is a high number for this site but with a bit of luck it could have been higher. We didn't catch any Grey Warbler despite there being a number near nets. There was also at least 2 singing Bellbirds in the area. We didn't actually see any but the Zoo Keepers report seeing birds several times in the last couple of weeks. The other bird that would have been great to catch was Shinning Cuckoo, there were 2 playing chase near the double vertical net but unfortunately they took a right turn when a left might have put them into the net. 
As was to be expected a number of species like Blackbird, House Sparrow and Starling had a number of juveniles amongst the catch. 
Juvenile Blackbird being processed

There was a good turn out of people which was pleasing as there is so much on at this time of year.
Young Stan taking a break to have a bite to eat
Species caught were – (recaps in brackets)

Blackbird – 10 (0) they were mostly juveniles with 2 nestlings as well from a nest about 10 m from the banding station.
Mrs Blackbird back brooding her newly banded chicks

Dunnock – 3 (4) the highest total we have caught at the Zoo and reverses the trend of lower numbers over the last couple of years.
Chaffinch – 1 (0)
Greenfinch – 5 (2) 1 of the recaps was banded at the Zoo in Sept 08 as an adult so is now a 6+ bird and was caught at Hornsey Rd a couple of times this year.
House Sparrow – 10 (1)
Fantail – 1 (0) this was a juvenile and there seem to be several family groups in the area which is good to see.
Song Thrush – 1 (0) our first since May and only the second for the year.
Starling – 5 (0) there had been a huge number of newly fledged birds about earlier in the week but they seemed to disperse about Thursday.
Tui – 1 (0)
Silvereye – 2 (13) with only 2 new birds and I of those being a juvenile it seems we have most of the resident Silvereye banded. 3 of the recaps were banded in 2009 with 1 recaptured for the first time; another was banded in May 06 so has passed the 5 year mark

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