It was a reasonable year with a total of 3079 new birds banded and 944 recaptures. Both these figures are slightly below both the 5 and 10 year averages. For the first time Silvereye have been knocked off the top perch replaced by House Sparrow which is usually No 2 candidate.
|Year Banding Totals|
|10/11||11/12||12/13||13/14||14/15||5yr Av||10yr Av|
Significant movements in the table above are shown - up in Red and down in Blue. The figures beside the total for each species indicates their ranking for the year.
Species caught in order of the number of new birds were ( recap totals in brackets)
No 1 House Sparrow - 1056 (159) The usual No 2 species. They have had a huge breeding season with a large number of juveniles caught Nov to Feb.
No 2 Silvereye - 1001 (527) The first time Silvereye hasn't been No 1 and the lowest total in 10 years. The mild winter meant that very few were caught at our usual winter sites.
No 3 Goldfinch - 206 (17) The big mover for the year, up from 6 last year and well above average with more than double both the 5 and 10 year. Large numbers of juveniles were caught over the summer at our stream sites.
No 4 Greenfinch - 205 (103) Well down on both the 5 and 10 year average. Usually ranked at No 3
No 5 Blackbird - 178 (94) Slightly up on average.
No 7 Chaffinch - 152 (17) Usually ranked at 4 although numbers were about average.
No 8 Tui - 71 (10) Our equal highest total and continues the trend of rising numbers.
No 9 Dunnock - 55 (17) About average.
No 10= Starling - 47 (33) Down on the last couple of years but still about average.
No 10= Fantail - 47 (5) Down on recent years, possibly affected by the dry year.
No 12 Grey Warbler - 41 (6) About average
No 13 Song Thrush - 12 (1) Our highest total ever.
No 14 Eastern Rosella - 3 (0) A species just starting to show on the radar.
No 15 Yellowhammer - 2 (1) This species is very variable and didn't come to town this year.
We also caught 1 each of Kingfisher, Magpie and a Californian Quail. No Redpolls were caught during the year.
|Over 5 yr||10/11||11/12||12/13||13/14||14/15|
There was a good increase in the number of birds caught over 5 years from banding including our first Yellowhammer.
The number of birds recovered dead was down on the last few years, probably due to the mild winter.
The oldest bird of each species banded by the Group and recaptured or recovered, figures in Red are new records set this year. Days column shows the number of days from banding to recapture and Est Age is an estimate of the minimum age of the bird.