Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Prince of Wales Park Sunday 25 Jan.

I had a session at the Prince of Wales Park this afternoon. Unfortunately it clashed with an Ornithological Study Course and other activities such as a wedding and Prion feeding so I was the only bander. Fortunately I was assisted by  3 enthusiastic young assistants, Rory and George who have been to session before and Maddie who was out walking with her father and younger brother. She became interested in our activities and stayed and joined in.
The three assistants (Rory, George & Maddie) preparing to release birds

And they are gone.
We had fewer nets up than usual but still managed to catch 38 birds. Most were House Sparrows with 30 new and 2 recaps. Both the recaps were banded on 2 Feb 2013. Other birds were 3 Goldfinch, 2 Greenfinch and 1 Silvereye - all new.
Maddie's father is a local brewer and has birds feeding on grain spilt around the brewery and invited us to try and catch them. Somehow the idea of catching birds at a brewery seems to appeal.

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