Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Friday, 28 October 2016

Queenstown - the last 3 days

I have managed to get some banding in each day since the last post. The first two were poor but yesterday (Thursday 27th) was a bit more successful. On Tuesday 6 birds were caught, Wednesday a slight improvement at 7 and yesterday 25, not huge but at least an improvement.

The total was 37 birds of 8 species with 13 new and 24 recaptures.
Blackbird - 1 (4)
Song Thrush - 1 (1) the recap was the oldest for the species.
House Sparrow - 5 (10)
Male H Sparrows are looking extremly ha.nsome
Dunnock - 2 (2) one of the recaps is now the oldest of the species caught here.
Chaffinch - 0 (1) this bird is now the oldest of any species caught here. Although it was banded 2 days after the previous record holder, caught on Monday, it was recaptured 3 days later making it older by 1 day.
The recap male Chaffinch, which is at least in its 4th year is probably at its colouful best 
Yellowhammer - 3 (0)
The first Yellowhammer caught was this colourful male
Tui - 0 (4)
Bellbird - ((1)

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