Female Bellbird

Female Bellbird
Female Bellbird

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Motukarara - an update from Phil's place

Phil continues banding at his place in Motukarara where he started banding last October after receiving his Level 2 permit. On Saturday he put a net up in his orchard and although he only caught 11 birds, there were some interesting ones. Silvereye, 3 new and a recap which had been banded on the first day of banding. Chaffinch 1 new and a recap which had been banded a week or so after banding started. House Sparrows 2 and the highlight was 3 new Welcome Swallows.
Welcome Swallow in the net

And in the hand. Photos by Phil Crutchley

He has now banded about 160 birds of 10 species.
House Sparrows - 78
Starling - 26 a lot of these were nestlings from the many nest boxes he has on the property.
Silvereye - 11
Dunnock - 10 Phil believes he now has most of the resident birds banded.
Welcome Swallow - 6
Chaffinch, Goldfinch & Blackbird - 5 of each.
Song Thrush - 3
Greenfinch - 1


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