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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Zoo Stream Sunday 11 Oct - A few birds

This afternoon Kate, Ross and I, along with Kate's friend Alex had a session at the little stream over the fence from the Zoo. Although we didn't catch a lot of birds I was reasonable pleased with the numbers for this time of the year. We caught 20 birds of 6 species with 16 new and 4 recaps.
Chaffinch - 5 (0)
Greenfinch -  5 (1)
Goldfinch - 1 (2)
Starling - 1 (0) This year there have been very few Starling caught.  This is the first at or near the Zoo and we have only caught a couple at other sites.
Tui - 4 (0)
Grey Warbler - 0 (1) This bird was the highlight of the afternoon. It was banded 21 April 2012, 1268 days ago. Although this is not old for many species it is for a Grey Warbler and this bird is the third oldest we have caught in nearly 20 years.
Kate and Alex with the old G W. Kate doesn't look half pleased having just read the band No.

The bird had the bright red eye of an adult male.

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