Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Queenstown - a few more birds

I managed to catch a few birds today. This morning I put a net up next to a pear tree where a couple of Blackbirds were feeding on fallen fruit. Managed to catch 2, a new one and a recap, also caught 1 Starling, 2 Silvereyes, and a couple of Goldfinch.
Although the Goldfinch were caught together and were both juveniles they were probably from different clutches.
Also banded a Fantail that made the mistake of flying into the garage.

This afternoon I put a couple of nets up at the stream at the bottom of the property without a great deal of confidence of catching much. I was pleasantly surprised to catch 15 birds of 6 species all new.
Silvereye - 6
Dunnock - 1
Greenfinch - 1
Goldfinch - 1
Redpoll - 4
And the surprise of the day 2 Bellbird. The first caught at this site, an adult female and a juvenile male.
The female Bellbird

The juv male Bellbird half way through its first moult and looking very scruffy

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