Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Zoo Saturday 21 March

We had a reasonably successful session at the Zoo on Saturday. The conditions were good in the morning but bright sun and a strong northerly affected most of the nets later in the day. A small turn out of banders meant that we erected only 5 nets instead of the usual 8-10 and we were slower to get them up. However we still managed to catch  63 birds of 7 species with 53 new and 10 recaps. Most of the recaps had been banded in the last few months.
The team at work - George, Andrea (our scribe for the day) and Kat. We also had Sarah, Kyle and little Finn for a while but they couldn't stay long as Finn needed his nap.
Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 1 (0)
Dunnock - 3 (1)
House Sparrow - 32 (5)
Almost all the Sparrows were still in moult. This one was doing it in a strange order
Goldfinch - 6 (1)
Greenfinch - 2 (0)
Chaffinch - 2 (2)
Silvereye - 7 (1) the recap was the oldest bird of the day banded May 2012


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