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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Zoo Stream Tuesday 3 March

I have been in Auckland for the last week so, no banding. Managed a couple of hours at the stream over the fence from the Zoo this afternoon. Caught 23 birds of 7 species with 17 new and 6 recaps.
Birds caught were -
Blackbird - 2 (0)
Dunnock - 0 (1)
The Dunnock while not moulting its primaries was moulting its secondaries
Chaffinch - 4 (4) The oldest was banded in March 2013, another was banded in Houghton Bay and another at our Island Bay site.
All the Chaffinch recaps were males, this one was the oldest

A couple of the Chaffinch and most of the Silvereyes were about halfway through their moult.
Greenfinch - 1 (1)
Silvereye - 7 (0)
Grey Warbler - 2 (0)
Fantail - 1 (0) A feature of the afternoon was the number of Fantail that I didn't catch, there were 5-6 birds flitting about most of the time.

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