From Ailsa Howard on Facebook: “Here is a very unusual visitor. As part of
the Hutton’s Flysafe week crashlanded birds are being brought into the
“Hub” by the Kaikoura Community and researches alike.
On Sat morning Ted went out to pick up a bird had been phoned in from the
local supermarket, and realised immediately it was not Hutton’s, and was
unlike any bird he’d ever seen.
To cut a long story short, he brought it into our HSCT meeting to check out
what to do with it. Well the meeting had to delay getting underway for an
hour while a collection of enthusiasic seabirders worked to identify it and
release it back to the sea.
Here it is: grey-backed-storm-petrel. A tiny creature of the big ocean,
rarely seen, and certainly not at the supermarket. 15g of birdie, compared
to 350g for Hutton’s. A teenie tiny and wonderfully unusual bird.”
Albatross Encounter have reported seeing another Grey-headed Albatross off
Kaikoura on Sunday 13th March. This is only the second one they’ve recorded
in 17 years of their operations there.
Heres a blocker! First live record of a Bulwers Petrel in New Zealand from
North Brighton Beach yesterday 22 January. Found by a member of the public
in the surf – under care in Christchurch today.
1 Female Orca see 30m off shore heading south slowly.
This lone whimbrel was spotted hanging out on the edge of a flock of about
100 godwits at Ashley Estuary.
It was a good birding day. In addition to the whimbrel and godwits, other
birds included: six lesser knots, two juvenile black stilt and numerous
pied stilt; variable and pied oystercatcher; black-fronted, white fronted
and caspian tern; banded dotterel; white-faced heron; scaup, shoveler,
paradise, mallard duck; grey teal; black swan and canada geese; harrier;
royal spoonbill; kingfisher; black-billed, red-billed and black-backed
gull; pied and little shag; coot; wrybill; spur-wined plover; & swallow.
spotted two juvenile kaki at Ashley Estuary today.
Leg bands were Black/Orange/Red – Black/Yellow, and Black/Orange/Red –
Little Egret Seen in fields next to the lake.
Litte Egret seen feeding with white faced herons