Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Mt Albert 7 March - Silvereyes

I went up to the fennel patch patch on Mt Albert this morning in an attempt to catch Silvereyes that feed there just after dawn. Managed to catch 14 of them with 12 new and 2 recaptures. 1 of the recaps was from the session 10 days ago and the other was banded at the Houghton Bay stream 3 days ago which adds a bit more evidence to the idea that the Silvereyes using the Houghton Bay stream come from a large area.
Several of the juveniles had dark bands across the end of their tails.  Not sure if its a growth bar or perhaps a change of diet while the tail was growing.

The only by-catch were 2 juvenile Dunnock.

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