Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Queenstown - totals

I have just tallied up the birds banded down here for the banding year to 31 March. A total of 995 birds of 16 species were banded and 277 recaptures of 12 species were made. This is not for a full year as banding only started here on 12 Sept 2015.

Species caught during this period ranked by new birds banded were -

1. House Sparrow - 293 (85) Far more Sparrows about than I had expected probably due in part to both neighbours keeping hens.
2. Redpoll - 259 (17) The big surprise with most caught at a small stream site.
3. Silvereye - 145 (45) Most were caught in the first couple of months.
4. Chaffinch - 79 (34)
5. Blackbird - 49 (42)
6. Dunnock - 48 (29)
7. Song Thrush - 27 (10)
8. Greenfinch - 21 (0)
9. Goldfinch - 19 (3)
10. Starling - 19 (6)
11. Yellowhammer - 17 (4)
12. Bellbird - 8 (1) Bellbirds only turned up in reasonable numbers in March.
13. Tui - 5 (1)
14. Kingfisher - 4 (0) All Kingfishers appeared to leave the area  after the last chicks fledged in early January.
15. Fantail - 1 (0)
16. Grey Warbler - 1 (0)

Not a lot of birds about at the moment and with several wet days there has not been much banding recently. Hope to do a bit in the next day or so.

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