Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Queenstown - Some Sparrows came back.

I  had nets up the last few mornings with limited results. On Tuesday morning I caught nothing, that is a big fat 0, usually catch 10 or so birds in that area. On Tuesday I caught 9 House Sparrows and a solitary Chaffinch, all new. This morning it was a little better, 21 birds. Eight new House Sparrows and 9 recaps (several banded yesterday), 2 new Dunnocks, 1 new Chaffinch and a Silvereye recap.

Still not many birds about the house area, although an increase in Sparrow numbers with a bit of food put out. It's amazing how quickly they find food. I have found out the main reason for the drop in Sparrow numbers. The heighbours have done a very good job of bird proofing their hen house, so the reduced numbers will probably be ongoing.

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