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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Island Bay Saturday 20 July - A good morning

Seven of us, Dianne, Ros, Otis, Mary, Ross, Kate and I had a good morning's banding at Island Bay this morning.With near perfect conditions we caught 129 birds of 7 species with 109 new birds and 17 recaptures. We hadn't had a session there for a while due to damage from the 2 southerly storms we have had in the last month. Although access has been cleared and there was no major damage to buildings there is still a lot of clearing up to do and fire wood for the foreseeable future. Ken reported that the behavior of birds during the storms was interesting with a big build up of birds especially Tui with up to 30 coming at a time. Consequently huge quantities of food were being devoured.

Species caught were - (Recaps in brackets)
Kate with one of the Blackbird recaps.
Blackbird - 5 (3)
Otis with the first Blackbird he has banded.

Dunnock - 1 (1)
Greenfinch - 11 (2) 1 was banded here in July 2010 and is now the oldest Greenfinch caught at this site the other was banded at the Zoo in August 2010.
Ross, Ros and Otis comparing Greenfinch age and sex.

House Sparrow - 34 (8)
Starling - 2 (0)
Silvereye - 53 (3) the biggest catch at this site for a couple of years. The oldest recap was banded in June 2009.
Tui - 3 (0)
Ross showing off "his" Tui to Mary (wife) and Kate (daughter)

The damage that can be inflicted by Tui claws (and this is only a young one)
The resulting bloody mess (my blood not Tui blood)
Once again a special thanks to our hosts, Marion and Ken for their hospitality and very welcome morning spread and hot drinks.

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