I had another session at the Mt Albert fennel patch this morning, it was near perfect conditions, calm with high cloud. Caught 40 birds, all Silvereye, with 30 new and 10 recaps. The oldest recap was banded last June and 2 of the birds were banded at other sites but not very far away. There was no bycatch although a Redpoll bounced, and if it had stuck it would have been the first Redpoll caught in over a year.
We have now banded 176 Silvereye at this site this year which is the most in one year. Most years we catch very few after the first week in April so I expect our numbers to drop away but still hope to catch a few more.