Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Queenstown 3 Aug - a lot of Green birds

We arrived back down here on Tuesday for a very short visit, back up north again on Sunday. I put some food out when we arrived and it was surprising how quickly the birds found out about some free tucker.
I put nets up this morning to see what had arrived and had a very busy few hours. Caught a total of 68 birds of 6 species with 30 new and 38 recaptures, by far the majority were Silvereyes esp recaps, add a couple of Greenfinch and a Bellbird and all but 9 were green.

Speciec caught were = (recaps in brackets)
Chaffinch - 3 (2)
Greenfinch - 2 (0)
Both the Greenfinch were handsome adult males.
Dunnock - 0 (1)
House Sparrow - 2 (1) a surprisingly low number.
Silvereye - 23 (38) the highest number of Silvereye caught in one day down here, with also the highest number of recaps. Numerous birds were caught several times making it a busy time. Three of the recaps were banded in Sept 2015 just after banding started here. One caught 685 days from banding is now the oldest bird of any species caught at this property.
One of the Silvereye had a distinctive yellow collar
Bellbird - 0 (1) there were a number of Bellbird and Tui about but this was the only one to find the net.
The Bellbird went into the net a second time so I could take his portrait

All going well I hope to have another session on Saturday morning.

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