Species caught were - (Recaps in brackets)
- House Sparrow - 422 (170) Also No 1 last year
- Redpoll - 257 (17) No 7 last year. Numbers were boosted by a large number of juveniles caught at the stream at the bottom of the property.
- Silvereye - 227 (55) Down from 2nd
- Tui - 62 (46) Up from 12th. The big mover and a pleasant surprise.
- Chaffinch - 61 (29) Down from 3rd
- Dunnock - 58 (44) 5th last year
- Blackbird - 57 (47) 4th last year
- Bellbird - 37 (43) another big mover, 14th last year. Almoat all males.
- Greenfinch - 29 (0) 11th in 2015, might get a recap one day.
- Yellowhammer - 28 (6) down from 8th.
- Song Thrush - 17 (5) A big drop from 6th.
- Goldfinch - 16 (2) 10th last year.
- Starling - 10 (1) 9th last year.
- Grey Warbler - 3 (0) new for 2016.
- Californian Quail - 3 (0) new
- Kingfisher - 2 (0) 13th in 2015. There appears to hve been a big drop in numbers this Spring/Summer with no breeding pairs as against 3 or 4 last year.
- Fantail - 1 (0) new. Surprised not more are not caught.
I won't be here as much this year so numbers for 2017 might be down a bit.
First session for 2017
I went down to the stream on Monday for a bit of a look and as there were a few birds about put a couple of nets up. Was pleasantly surprised to catch 24 birds. Most were Redpolls with 19, also 2 Greenfinch, 1 Starling, 1 Goldfinch and a House Sparrow recap.