Over the last few days Silvereyes have begun to put in an appearance. I caught the first 6 last Friday with 3 new and 3 recaps. This morning I set the funnel trap and although the session was curtailed due to rain still managed to catch 31 with 14 new birds and 17 recaptures. There were 4 birds caught that were banded at the Mount Albert site, 3 banded this year and the other in 2012. The oldest bird caught was banded in July 2007. The only other species caught were 2 House Sparrows.
The Silvereyes appear to be fewer in number than last year when the first significant catch of 64 was on 24 June. Last year numbers peaked in July when approximately 100 were caught in a day. We will wait and see what happens this year.