Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Halswell Quarry Thu 18 Oct - another quiet morning.

We had a session at the Quarry this morning. It started off very quiet and although it did improve a little we still ended up with only 19 birds of 5 species with all except 1 being new.

Blackbird - 4 (1)
House Sparrow - 7
Greenfinch - 5
Goldfinch - 1- this bird was a female, its mate also hit the net but bounced and then perched on the top of the net.
Welcome Swallow - 1- this bird is probably the mate of the one we caught a couple of weeks ago. So we presume we now have the pair banded.
The W Swallow with its new bling

The tail of the bird from 2 weeks ago, judged to be female by the amount of white on the outer tail feather.

Today's bird with more white on the outer tail feather and judged to be male.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Halswell Quarry Thu. 4 Oct - Fairly quiet

We had a session at the Halswell Quarry yesterday morning and although it was fairly quiet there was a continuous trickle of birds. We ended up catching 31 of 7 species with 22 new and 9 recaps. Phil and I also banded 4 Welcome Swallow nestlings on Wednesday.
Birds caught were - (recaps in brackets)
Blackbird - 1 (1)
Starling - 1 (0)
The Starling, an adult female sporting its new bling.
Dunnock - 1 (0)
House Sparrow - 6 (2)
Greenfinch - 9 (2) one of the recaps was the first Greenfinch banded at the Quarry, 1 day short of a year ago and at 364 days is the oldest recaptured bird of any species.
Silvereye - 3 (4) a surprisingly small number.
Welcome Swallow - 5 (0) this includes the nestlings. The new adult was caught at the Visitors Centre where a pair are nesting and we put a net up across the entrance.
Phil putting bling on one of the young Welcome Swallows.

Elenore banding the adult Welcome Swallow