Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Halswell Quarry Sat 27 Oct. - fairly quiet

We had a another quiet session at the Quarry this morning. Due to a number of regulars heading to Otira in search of the elusive Rock Wren there was fewer banders as well as birds. One of the probable reasons for the small catch was that this is the first time we have had a weekend session in this particular area and the number of people about was astonishing. Most of them seemed to have at least one dog of some description and most of them were running loose even though in this area dogs are meant to be on a leash and under control. Hence a considerable time was spent on traffic control.

We caught a total of only 15 birds but with 7 species at least there was a bit of variety. All birds except one were new. Blackbird 1, Chaffinch 1, Greenfinch 5, Yellowhammer 1, House Sparrow 3, Silvereye 1 and 2 new Starlings and 1 recap. The 2 new Starlings were the first birds caught and the recap was the last which we were fortunate to be able to process as Andre had to make a 20m dash to prevent a woman from attempting to free the bird from the net.
The Starling recap which was banded just under a year ago

Greenfinch are currently in their handsome best attire.

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