Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Houghton Bay 4 Sept - A better day

I spent the morning at the Houghton Bay stream and it was a much busier day than Monday was. Caught a total of 63 birds of 6 species, with all but 4 being new.
Species caught were -
Blackbird - 6 all were male.
Chaffinch - 2

The first Chaffinch caught, a female appeared to have a paler colouration than usual, or perhaps it was the light or my eyesight? 
Goldfinch - 1
Greenfinch - 3
Silvereye - 48 (4) much more like the number expected. 2 of the recaps were banded at Hornsey Rd, 1 here at my place and the other down the road at Bridie's. Several of the birds were moulting their outer primaries, the first ones we have found this spring.

A couple of the Silvereye that were moulting outer primaries.
 Grey Warbler - 2
Tui - 3

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