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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Houghton Bay Sunday 9 Nov. - Good numbers

We had a successful session at the Houghton Bay stream this morning. We had Mary, Ross, Kate and Kate's friend Kenisha
Ross showing Kenisha a Tui with Kate getting one of her Silvereyes into the picture. Mary our scribe waits in the background.
We were joined later by Yvan who brought a very welcome flask of hot coffee. This is the first time Yvan has banded with the group. He is French and is an accomplished bander having done his Phd studies on N I Robin.
We caught 79 birds of 8 species with 67 new and 12 recaps. Species caught were -
Blackbird - 6 (1)
Greenfinch - 9 (0)
Goldfinch - 3 (0)
Yvan with his first Goldfinch.
Starling - 2 (0) the first Starling caught at this site this year.
Kate with her first Starling
House Sparrow - 4 (0)
Silvereye - 36 (11) the oldest was banded in August 2012 and there were 3 that had been banded here at Hornsey Rd 2 this year and 1 last.
Grey Warbler - 3 (0) 2 were juveniles, the first for the year.
Kenisha about to release the adult (red eye) Grey Warbler.
One of the juvenile Grey Warblers
Tui - 4 (0) Yesterday I went to the Houghton Valley School fair and was presented with a dead Tui that had been found on the footpath outside the school, It had been banded at the stream in Feb this year.

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