Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Houghton Valley School Thursday 31 July - Very few birds

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon with kids from the Houghton Valley School. The aim is to give the children from the junior class a close look at a wild bird and show them how we band and handle them. The kids were great but we caught very few birds. Fortunately there were enough birds for each group to have a close look at one. A total of 5 birds were caught with 3 Silvereyes, 2 new and 1 recap and 1 new of Blackbird and Grey Warbler.

Silvereye numbers have dropped significantly with very few about. There also appears to have been a big drop in numbers here at my place as well. I will set the trap in the next day or so and see if this is real or just my imagination.
A group admiring a Silvereye that's about to be released

And its gone.

Another group

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