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Friday, 9 October 2015

Island Bay Friday 9 October - a steady morning

Annette, Johannes and I had a reasonably successful mornings banding at Island Bay this morning. We had good banding weather for the first couple of hours then the Northerly wind picked up but it was surprisingly cold, especially early. We caught 57 birds of 5 species with 42 new and 15 recaps.

Species caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 7 (3) oldest was banded June 2012
Dunnock - 2 (1)
House Sparrow - 31 (9) oldest was banded April 2012
Male Sparrows are currently looking very handsome as breeding approaches.
Grey Warbler - 1
Tui - 1 (2)
Johannes looking very pleased with the first Tui he has banded
The new Tui was aged as an adult(3+) by the size of the "notch" in the 3rd from the outside primary feather, P3.

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