Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Friday, 17 January 2014

Houghton Bay Thu 16 Jan 14

Kate, Mary (our chief scribe) Love (our Swedish visitor) and I had a successful session at the Houghton Bay stream on Thursday.
The team, Love, Kate & Mary

 Despite an unfavorable forecast and a period of light rain which threatened to disrupt proceedings we had a steady flow of birds. We caught a total 63 birds of 8 species with 61 new and 7 recaptures. As with last weeks Island Bay session a large % of birds were unbanded juveniles which affects the new/recap ratio. Love was able to band several new species including a couple of "European" ones.
Love with his first bird of the day, a new one "Silvereye"

Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 2 (0)
Chaffinch - 3 (1) the recap was banded Nov 2010 so a reasonable old bird.
Greenfinch - 7 (0)
Goldfinch - 7 (0) all were juveniles.
House Sparrow - 19 (0) we don't usually catch a lot of H Sparrows at this site and I think this is the highest number caught in a day.
Grey Warbler - 9 almost all juveniles
Love about to release his first Grey Warbler

Silvereye - 12 (7) 1 of the recaps was banded at Hornsey Rd and another at the Zoo. But the most interesting was banded 27 Jan 2008 a week after we started banding at this site and is now at 2181 days our oldest bird of any species banded and recaptured at this site.
The Old Silvereye

Tui - 1 (0)
Love with his first Tui, lucky for him a young female with small claws

A colour banded Tui Report

I received an e-mail with a photo attached from Tony in Northland (a northern Wellington suburb) of a colour banded Tui. The bird was easily identified even though the metal band had moved inside a coloured one. It was banded by Ralph at his place in Roseneath (before he defected to the South Island) in August 2008 so a great report to get, thanks Tony.
The colour banded Tui - photo courtesy Tony Smith


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