Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Queenstown - another new species

Haven't managed to catch a lot of birds in the last week or so, but have caught what I would call some quality ones. I have set a net up near the house a few times hoping to catch some of the Silvereyes that make occasional forays though the fruit trees. Only managed to catch a couple plus a number of House Sparrows and then I got a shock to find a juvenile Grey Warbler in a net. It would have had to cover some distance in the open to get to the net and the net site would have to be the most unlikely of all that I have used down here.

I have also set nets up at the neighbours a couple of times, didn't catch a big number, a few Sparrows and the odd Blackbird and Dunnock.
I have an interesting banding station at the neighbours - utilizing one of Mark's toys.
But also 4 Bellbirds on the first afternoon and then this afternoon I caught 2 more, 1 new and a recap. The recap is the first one down here and was the first Bellbird caught. It was caught on 13 Sept 2015 and is now the oldest bird recaptured down here, beating the Chaffinch caught last week by 2 days. I have also had a session down at the stream where Redpoll numbers appear to be dropping.
The banding station at the stream is also a bit unusual - utilizing an old knarly willow tree.
A bit primitive but effective, the net is just on the other side of the tree

Birds caught since the last post are -
Silvereye - 2
Blackbird - 1
Dunnock - 2
House Sparrow - 17 (3)
Goldfinch - 1
Redpoll - 12 (2)
Bellbird - 5 (1)
The Bellbird recap, all those caught have been adult Males with bright red eyes
Grey Warbler - 1
I had expected to catch a G W or two before now as there appears to be several pairs on or near the property.
Grey Warbler showing the cream eye stripes of a juvenile and its new bling

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