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Thursday, 28 June 2018

Halswell Quarry 28 June - a lot of new Silver

We had a banding/training session at the Halswell Quarry here in Christchurch this morning. It was held in a new area amongst Red Flowering Gums in the Australian section. It turned out to be a busy one with a record catch of 63 birds. All were new. There had been banded birds seen in the area but none were caught. By far the majority were Silvereyes with 46 followed by House Sparrows with 11, 3 Bellbirds, 2 Chaffinch and 1 each of Greenfinch and Yellowhammer. Had hoped to catch more Bellbird as there are a lot feeding in the area but most were a bit high. Had also thought that Cirl Bunting might have been a possibility as 2 had been seen a couple of days ago but no joy.
Eleanor banding one of the Bellbird
The Yellowhammer held in Andrews big mitt.

Some of the group busy at the banding table. Sandra (scribe), Eleanor, Kenny, Andrew and Luke.

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