Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Zoo Stream Sat 31 Oct - A surprisingly good catch

I put some nets up this afternoon at the stream over the fence from the Zoo. After recent rain I hadn't expected to catch much but as I am going to be away for the next 3 weeks or so thought I would give it a go. Was surprised to catch 39 birds of 8 species with 32 new and 7 recaps.

Species caught were - (Recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 3 (1)
Greenfinch - 7 (2) the 2 recaps were recently banded birds but were both foreigners, 1 banded at here Hornsey Rd  and the other at the Houghton Bay stream.
Chaffinch - 7 (0) all except 1 were male.
Goldfinch - 10 (2) the oldest recap was banded as a juvenile in Jan last year.
Starling - 1 (0)
Yellowhammer - 1 (0)
Eastern Rosella - 1 (0)
The Starling, Yellowhammer and Rosella were each only the second of their species to be caught at this particular net site in over 10 years of banding there.

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