Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Friday, 31 January 2014

Zoo Stream 31 Jan - just a few birds

Sarah (the one that works at the Nest at the Zoo) and I spent a couple of hours at the Zoo stream this morning. Birds were fairly scarce possibly due to a heavy sea fog overnight that provided most of their H2O requirements. The slow catch rate gave Sarah a chance to hone her skills as she hopes to get her Level 2 banding permit.  She is under the tutorage of Lisa the Chief Vet at the Zoo and holds a Level 3 permit.

We caught 17 birds of 6 species with 13 new and 4 recaptures.

Species caught were -
Chaffinch - 1 (0)
Greenfinch - 3 (0)
Goldfinch - 1 (0)
Silvereye - 5 (3) the oldest recap banded at the same site almost exactly a year ago. 1 year and 2 days to be exact.
Sarah removing a Silvereye from a net's bottom shelf.
Dunnock - 1 (1) the recap was banded Sept 2012
Fantail - 2 (0) both juveniles.
Sarah taking a "Bragging" photo for her colleagues of her first Fantail

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