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Little Egret at lake Forsyth

Little Egret showing well at the southern end of the lake. Viewable from the main rd.

Spring is here

look out for the influx of Swallows this week and take note of the Harriers displaying. Black fronted terns have also changed there calls indicating the start of the breeding season. On clear days like this Sunday listen out for the skylark high in the sky.

Hudsonian Godwit Linwood paddocks at high tide

Hudsonian Godwit found by Andrew Crossland today. Also found by Andrew a White-winged black Tern at Bromley ponds

Grey-backed Storm petrel, Kaikoura Supermarket

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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.”

Grey-headed Albatross off Kaikoura

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.

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Christchurch Birds is back

Hi, All sorry it’s been so long in posting info.

The site is now back and will be informing everyone who wants to know about birds in the christchurch area.


We have lods of data space now which was  issue in the past.


All the best


Erect crested penguin

Single birds discovered on private land so sorry no access.

Single birds discovered on private land so sorry no access.

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Bulwers Petrel – Christchurch Today! Sorry not twitchable. Reported by Paul Scofield

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.


Kaitorete Spit

1 Female Orca see 30m off shore heading south slowly.

whimbrel at Ashley Estuary

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.