Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow
Welcome Swallow

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Queenstown - The beginning of May

I have had several banding sessions in the last week or so, with as usual mixed results. I had three nets up in the area where I saw the Brown Creeper but they did not put in an appearance. They had been there a couple of days before while I was cutting a new net lane. Managed to catch a few birds, mostly recaps and also a hang of a lot of leaves.
A net full of leaves where I had hoped there would be Brown Creeper.
Also had a session at the neighbours with a bit more success than last week, the catch included a pair of Tui.

Sixty four birds of 7 species have been caught since the last post with 44 new and 20 recaptures.
Blackbird - 4 (6) among the recaps was the first Blackbird banded down here so it now has the honour of being the oldest bird recaptured here.
Chaffinch - 1 (0)
Dunnock - 0 (4)
Silvereye - 30 (2) There are a few flocks starting to appear, mostly feeding high up.
House Sparrow - 4 (3)
Bellbird - 3 (6) surprised at how many recaptures are being made. Caught the second female which now makes the ratio 2 F's and 18 M's.
The second female Bellbird caught at this site.
Tui - 2 (0)
The female Tui about to go on its merry way.

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