Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Zoo Saturday 27 July -A good catch

We had a good days banding at the Zoo on Saturday with 129 birds caught with 103 new and 26 recaptures. Although there were 6 species caught the catch was dominated by 2 species with only token numbers from the rest. There was a good team of banders who did a great job of handling the steady flow of birds.

Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 2 (0)
Chaffinch - 0 (1) only 1 bird but a good one, banded in June 07 and at 2232 days the second oldest Chaffinch recap at the Zoo.
Greenfinch - 33 (2) the older recap banded Oct 11
We continue to have good discussions about aging and sexing Greenfinch. These 2 are easier than most, 1 F top, 2+ M bottom

House Sparrow - 4 (1)
One of the Sparrows had an unusual pink lump at the base of its bill.

Silvereye - 63 (22) 3 of the recaps came from here at Hornsey Rd, 1 banded in 2012 and the other 2 just 4 days ago. The most interesting recap I think was a bird originally banded in Jan 2010. In Aug 2012 it was found stunned on a path and taken to The Nest for rehab. After some TLC it was released a couple of days later and it is great that nearly a year later it is still alive and well.
Tui - 1 (0)
Julia banding her first Tui, we usually make Tui banding a 2 person operation it helps prevent excessive blood loss (Human not avian), esp. when handling big old males like this one.

It was interesting to watch a Song Thrush building a nest a few meters from the banding station, a sure sign that spring is just around the corner. It is using the same nest site that a Blackbird used last year.
The site of last year's Blackbird and this years Song Thrush nests.

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