We caught a total of 53 birds of 6 species with 38 new birds and 15 recaptures. As is usual at this site the catch was dominated by House Sparrows but there were a few other interesting birds as well.
Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 3 (1) the recap was banded in Sept 2011 and all the new birds were aged 1 and Males
Chaffinch - 3 (1)
Dunnock - 0 (2)
Starling - 1 (0) this bird was missing the lower right leg and foot but seemed to be managing OK and was about an average weight.
|Stumpy the Starling|
|The removal of the thread was a bit of a bloody job.|
|One of the Sparrows had both a long bottom bill and long hind claw on one foot.|
|A female trying to remove a piece of Annette's finger.|
|Ros displaying a very handsome "Dude"|
The other highlight of the day, although not a banding one was seeing a Kereru (NZ Pigeon) feeding on Poplar tree shoots.