Welcome Swallow

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Welcome Swallow

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Houghton Bay Sat 27 Sept - A quiet morning

I spent the morning at the Houghton Bay stream and it proved to be very quiet. With the Karo having finished flowering bird numbers have dropped significantly from a few weeks ago, especially the number of Tui. I had 3 younger folk to assist me, Rory & Felix who have been to a number of sessions over the last year and Maddie who  came for the first time. All three are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about our avifauna and are a pleasure to have around.
The three young folk, Felix with a Silvereye, Maddie with a Chaffinch and Rory in the middle. He did have a Silvereye but it didn't wait around for the photo session.
We were joined for a period by Sarah and Kyle with their little boy Finn who is growing like a mushroom.

We caught only 13 birds of 4 species, so at the moment PM appears to be better than AM. We caught 2 Chaffinch and 1 each of Blackbird, Dunnock and House Sparrow, all new and 7 new Silvereye with 1 recap which had been banded in August 2012. As was the case yesterday one of the Silvereye was still moulting outer primary feathers.

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