Bird survey starts soon!

Jun 18th, 2019 | By | Category: News

Update – this year we saw: Mallard 4, Pukeko 10, Harrier 2, Spur-wing Plover 1, Rosella 4, Kingfisher 1, Welcome Swallow 3, Silvereye 6, Grey Warbler 1, Fantail 2, Blackbird 3, Thrush 1, Myna 3, Starling 6, Yellowhammer 1, Goldfinch 3, Greenfinch 1, Chaffinch 1, House Sparrow 11, Magpie 2

The 2019 Garden Bird Survey starts soon!  Get ready the binoculars, and sharpen those pencils for a lovely hour watching birds.

This is the 13th year the project has been run and by taking part you’ll help build a picture of New Zealand’s common and widespread birds, as well as inform future conservation efforts.  It’s also a lot of fun.

The survey starts on Saturday 29 June and ends Sunday 7 July.

For each species record the highest number seen (or heard) at one time. (Check out questions and answers – including full instructions – here, as well as a photographic guide to help with identification.)

Then submit survey results here.

The survey is organised by Landcare Research and supported by NatureWatch, TopFlite, Birds NZ and Forest & Bird.

This year Woodlands Estate in Gordonton are taking part, and have recruited keen birders Annette Taylor and David Riddell.  If you pop out to the historic homestead and see two people with bins looking up at the sky, say hi!

We also took part in the survey at our home.  See if you can top our effort last year! The Woodlands Road Garden Bird survey yielded 17 species, as follows:

Magpie (2), Sparrow (4), Mallard (2), Silvereye (2), Pukeko (11), Myna (2), Starling (4), Blackbird (2), Yellowhammer (1), Harrier (1), Thrush (1), Rock Pigeon (1), Spotted Dove (1), Pheasant (1), Fantail (3), Greenfinch (2), Kingfisher (2), Goldfinch (1).

 

Bird watching

Cat is helping.

 

For further information, click here. Good luck!

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