Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Queenstown - lots of Redpolls

I have tried several locations in the last week to try and catch a reasonable number of birds. Had only limited success until Friday when I tried next to willow trees at the bottom of the property and found that birds were coming in to drink/bath at the stream there. Surprised to catch mostly Redpolls with only a small number of other species. I put a 12 m net up in the stream for a short time on Saturday morning and again caught mostly Redpoll. Other species appeared to be coming down further upstream where access was difficult. Had a bit of time on Saturday afternoon so put the 12 m net up again and manged to get a 6 m one further up stream. In just over an hour caught 37 birds with 32 of them being Redpoll with the new net catching about 20 birds all RP's except for 2 Greenfinch, so much for my theory of other species using that spot.
Redpolls waiting to be processed.

Caught 107 birds of 8 species for the week  with 97 new and 10 recaps.
Blackbird - 1 (1)
Silvereye - 1 (0)
Dunnock - 7 (0)
One of the Dunnock had a large lump on its lower leg.
Chaffinch - 4 (0)
Goldfinch - 2 (1)
Greenfinch - 5 (0)
Redpoll - 55 (3) The majority were juveniles.
One of the Juv Redpoll had this grotesque growth on its head
House Sparrow - 22 (5) the majority were caught when I had a net up next to the neighbours hen run.

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