Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 10 (4) the oldest recap was banded in June 2010
|Roisin banding her first Blackbird, one of several Juv's banded.|
Song Thrush - 1 (0) only our second S Thrush at this site, the other was back in 2007 a short time after we started banding there.
|The Song Thrush, a recently fledged Juv.|
|The "thorn" pattern on the coverts which indicate a 1st year bird|
Starling - 2 (0)
|The 2 Starlings, adult male on left with dark eye and juvenile female on right with pale ring around eye.|
House Sparrow - 52 (13) the oldest also banded in June 2010, another was banded in Blythe St, Berhampore.
|Several of the Sparrows were newly fledged.|
As usual we were treated to great hospitality by Marion and Ken including a great morning tea.
We missed one of the highlights of the day as after we had packed up and left Ken watched a Kereru (NZ Pigeon) drink from the sugar water bowl on the bird table. This is the first time he has seen this happen and the first time I have heard of it happening. We will wait and see if it becomes a regular visitor or if it was a one off.