Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Friday, 6 February 2015

Zoo Stream Thursday 5 Feb - Lots of Juvs

I went to the little stream over the fence from the Zoo on Thursday afternoon. The main reason was to establish a new net line further up the stream. I put up two of the usual nets when I arrived to sample the birds that were about and it turned out there were plenty. After clearing the new net lane I also eventually got a net up there and it proved a success.

Caught a total of 47 birds of 6 species with 44 new and 3 recaps. The majority of the birds caught were juvenile finches, some especially Goldfinch were only recently fledged with very short tails.

Species caught were -
Dunnock - 1 (0)
House Sparrow - 1 (0)
Silvereye - 3 (1)
Chaffinch - 6 (0) all except 1 were juvs.
Several of the juvenile Chaffinch are starting to show male colouration making sexing possible.
Greenfinch - 3 (0)
Goldfinch - 30 (2) only 2 (1 new 1 recap) were Adults all the rest were juveniles. The oldest recap was banded Aug 2012 and is the oldest we have caught for several years.
The older Goldfinch recap had a very well polished band, possibly from feeding on thistles.

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