Colour Banded Tui

Colour Banded Tui
C Banded Tui © Peter Reese

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Queenstown totals for year 2016/17

I have recently crunched the numbers of birds caught for the year ending 31 March. This is in order to file the annual report to the Banding office. A total 1619 captures of 16 species was made with 1177 new birds banded and 442 recaptures made.

  15/16 R/C Rank 16/17 R/C Rank
Species 16 12   16 13  
House Sparrow 293 85 1 385 180 1
Silvereye 145 45 3 233 47 2
Redpoll 259 17 2 196 3 3
Tui 5 1 13 64 42 4
Chaffinch 79 34 4 55 23 5
Blackbird 49 42 5 55 48 6
Dunnock 48 29 6 52 40 7
Bellbird 8 1 12 35 41 8
Yellowhammer 17 4 11 31 9 9
Greenfinch 21 0 8 25 1 10
Song Thrush 27 10 7 16 4 11
Goldfinch 19 3 9 14 2 12
Starling 19 6 10 9 2 13
Cal Quail x x x 3 0 14
Fantail S I 1 0 15 2 0 15
Grey Warbler 1 0 16 2 0 16
Kingfisher 4 0 14 0 0 17
   
  995 277   1177 442  

Species caught ranked from highest number of new bird was (with recaptures in brackets)
  1. House Sparrow- 385 (180) also No 1 last year.
  2. Silvereye - 233 (47) up one position mainly due to good catches in the neighbours orchard.
  3. Redpoll - 196 (3) down from 2nd but a disappointing number of recaps.
  4. Tui - 64 (42) a big jump up from 13th, also a good number of recaptures.
  5. Chaffinch - 55 (23) down fro 4 with a significant drop in numbers.
  6. Blackbird - 55 (48) down from 5th.
  7. Dunnock - 52 (40) also down one position.
  8. Bellbird - 35 (41) a jump up from 12th with a significant increase in numbers, especially in recaps.
  9. Yellowhammer - 31 (9) up from 11th.
  10. Greenfinch - 25 (1) down from 8th
  11. Song Thrush 16 (4) down from 7 with a significant drop in numbers.
  12. Goldfinch - 14 (2) down from 9.
  13. Starling - 9 (2) a drop in rank from 10 and in numbers.
  14. Californian Quail - 3 (0) first birds caught.
  15. Fantail - 2 (0) should be ably to catch more but they are tricky little birds.
  16. Grey Warbler - 2 (0) very much a bycatch.
  17. Kingfisher - none caught  and very few about. They arrived late winter and then left with none staying to breed. In the previous year there were about 4-5 pairs breeding in the area.