Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Bridie's Thursday 13 Nov - an old bird

I set the trap at Bridie's this afternoon for a couple of hours. Didn't catch a big number of birds just 15 of 4 species. Most were recaps that had been banded in the last few years. Did catch D-195041 a Starling banded in Sept 2009 so a reasonably old bird. Then a few minutes later caught D-99970 a Starling that had been banded in Nov 2005, at 3270 days from banding it is now the oldest Starling we have recaptured or recovered at any site. It was originally banded at the Zoo but had been recaptured 3 times over the years at Bridie's, the last in Nov 2012.  The five times he has been caught have all been in November.

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