TO ALL SOUTHERN BIRDERS – the Kea Conservation Trust is running a survey of kea each weekend afternoon during July. There is now only one weekend to go!
If anyone is planning on being out in the Southern Alps, the Kaikoura Mtns and along the South Islands West coast, please visit the kea website (www.keaconservation.co.nz) […]
June city-wide annual Pukeko census of key wintering sites – totals: Styx Mill Basin = 201, Linwood paddocks = 555, Travis Wetland = 308, Upper Lyttelton Harbour = 149, Heathcote Valley; Aidanfield area = 194; Heathcote valley = 121
1 male Eastern Rosella at Victoria park HQ right through autumn/winter, but no sightings yet of the usual Cirl Buntings.
Today i saw a Falcon at the Halswall Quarry (4.7.10 3.30pm) spotted it after hearing a lot of screeching from it being mobbed by three Magpies. It sat on the rocks inside the quarry for 30 minutes, attacked some finches then flew up high and headed east out of the Quarry.
Regards, Bruce kirkman
1 White heron, 192 Crested Grebe, 1631 NZ Scaup
We are putting on an all-day offshore pelagic tour off the Kaikoura Coast (we only do 1 per winter) on Saturday the 31st of July (with Sunday as a backup for weather). It will be an early 6.00am start in order to be offshore at first light and the cost will be $175.
Departures of SIPO from the Avon-Heathcote Estuary in CHCH have been evident over the last week or two.
Early SIPO are now on inland sites, doing display flights etc.
Spring is just around the corner.