Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Monday, 23 May 2016

Queenstown - banding in the rain

During the last week or so banding has been limited by the weather. Since May 8 there has been only 1 day without rain, it hasn't rained all day every day so I have managed to get nets up at times.

During this period 41 birds of 10 species have been caught with 30 new and 11 recaptures.
Blackbird - 2 (1)
Starling - 1
Chaffinch - 1 (1)
Goldfinch - 1
Redpoll - 1 I set nets up to target a flock of Redpoll feeding in a row of Silver Birch trees and only caught the one. A couple of Yellowhammers was however an unexpected bonus.
Yellowhammer - 2
One of the Yellowhammers
Silvereye - 1 Watched a flock of about 30 Silvereyes fly between 2 trees so set a net up next day and didn't even see one.
Grey Warbler - 1 Only the second banded here.

The Grey Warbler was another youngster but a bit more developed in the feather department.

Tui - 8 (6) Three of the recaps was of the same bird. Must be a slow learner.
Bellbird - 2 (1) One of the new birds was another female making it 18 males and 3 females banded here.

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