Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Queenstown - First birds of 2016

I have had 3 short sessions so far this year. It has been a bit slow with too much wind a lower number of birds about. Managed to catch 42 birds of 8 species with 26 new and 16 recaps.
The catch was made up of -
House Sparrow - 9 (10)
Chaffinch - 5 (2)
Greenfinch - 1 (0)
Redpoll - 3 (1) The recap was only the second I have made.  Not an old bird but 60 days is much longer than 2!
A couple of the Redpolls were juveniles

The Redpoll recap
Blackbird - 2 (2)
Song Thrush - 2 (0)
One of the Song Thrush had started wing moult
Dunnock - 2 (1)
Kingfisher - 2 (0)
Both of the Kingfishers were juveniles

Some of the family amused by my plight

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