Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Queenstown - last week roundup

I am up in Christchurch at the moment and will be here for the next couple of weeks or so. We are taking possession of our new dwelling so will be living here for most of the time but still hope to get down to Queenstown on a regular basis to continue the banding study.

During the period before we left Queenstown I managed to get some nets up on a couple of days and also had a session at the neighbours were Silvereyes have started to feed in an apple orchard. Mark the neighbour has left a lot of fruit for the birds. Since the last post 55 birds of 8 species were caught with 42 new and 13 recaps.
A bit of snow about and we had several good frosts

Silvereye - 22 (1)
House Sparrow - 10 (6)
Chaffinch - 3 (0)
Blackbird - 0 (1)
Song Thrush - 0 (1)
Dunnock - 1 (0)
Tui - 6 (2)
Some big male Tui about but they don't seem to be as big or as heavy as those in Wellington.
Bellbird - 0 (2)
I should be back down there for a week or so later in June so hopefully will get a bit of banding in then.

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