Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Prince of Wales Park Sat 1 March - nearly nothing

We had a nearly zero catch this afternoon at the Prince of Wales Park with a total catch of 1 Chaffinch. This bird was the only one to come near the nets and somehow Matu managed to get it to go in. With the rain last night I had expected a reduced catch but not this low. Besides the rain reducing the birds thirst a lot of species are now feeding on the abundant, juicy berries, especially coprosma,with finches feeding on soft seeds.
The "Team" waiting for some action

Mary and friend - interesting what people do to keep amused

Houghton Bay 

On Thursday afternoon I spent a couple of hours at the Houghton Bay stream and also had a much reduced catch, although better than today's effort. Caught 11 birds of  5 species and all were new. 1 Greenfinch, 1 Goldfinch, 1 Grey Warbler, 6 Silvereye and 2 Tui.
Both Tui were juveniles, this one, a female has been fledged about a month judging by the sparse neck feathers.

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