I have recently received three reports from Mary & Ralph of colour banded Tui at their property in Roseneath, Wellington. We colour banded Tui in Wellington from Aug 2001 to July 2010 so all birds must now be at least 6 years of age.
Band No L Leg R Leg Date Site Species Age Sex Last Sighting Days
Y-14708 Y/W Br/M 4 Feb 09 Roseneath Tui A M 6 Dec 16 2862
Y-14729 Gr/M G/W 24 Oct 09 " Tui A M 3 Dec 16 2597
Y-4972 K/M W/G 23 Dec 07 " Tui A M 6 Dec 16 3271
This last bird Black/Metal-White Green had not been seen for 2 years so hopefully there are others out there to be seen. So Wellingtonians, please keep a look out. Our oldest record is 3595 days from banding, hopefully we can exceed that.