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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Houghton Bay 19 March - a few birds and lots of kids

I put up some nets at the stream in Houghton Bay this morning. The main purpose was to catch a few birds to give children from the Houghton Valley Play Centre a closer look. The catch of 20 birds wasn't big but it was better than I had anticipated and I had thought I might not be able to catch any to show them, especially after recent rain.

Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 1 (0)
The kids (and Parents) examining the Blackbird - an adult male
Chaffinch - 1 (0
Greenfinch - 0 (1) this bird was a J F and had been banded on Saturday at the Zoo, so had moved a considerable distance in 4 days.
Silvereye - 14 (0)
Some of the Silvereye have almost complete primary moult while others are just starting
Grey Warbler - 1 (2) the oldest recap was banded in April last year.
The new Grey Warbler was well into moulting its tail feathers

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