Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Wellington - Easter weekend

Happy Easter Banders
At last, we had the first 2016 outing for the Wellington Bird Banders. It has been a long wait but we were rewarded with 2 warm and calm days down at the Prince of Wales Park.  Matu and Anette set up two nets, one along the lower stream bed and one further up the hill across a popular water seep. On the second day a third net was added further along the stream bed.

George with the first fantail
There was a small but contented team of catchers for both days and likewise the birds were few in numbers. This gave us all a chance to brush up on our catching and banding skills without too much pressure.

Grey Warbler © George Hobson

A total of 11 birds captured including 3 recaptures and a fantail with a louse fly!

Silver eye - 2 (2)
Chaffinch - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Fantail - 2
Grey warbler - 1 (1)
House sparrow - 1

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