Julia and I were in central Christchurch yesterday (29 August) and were surprised to see a family of 5 Paradise ducklings on the Avon River – HANZAB indicates laying in early August with incubation at 30-35 days – the ducklings were probably 5 days old so presumably laid in late July.
1 Golden Pheasant male
15 NZ Pigeon 10+ Brown Creeper 2 Tomtit
1 curlew sandpiper
1 red-necked stint
30 wrybill 56 bar-tailed -godwit Minimum of 30 banded dotterel Curlew S and stint were almost certainly overwintering birds as they have been seen on and off all thro winter-Jan Walker saw these 2 spp. on Friday Aug 27
2 Wrybill 29 Banded Dotteral 2 South Island Pied Oystercatcher 5 Caspian Tern
20+ Swallow, Small movement of Migration.
3 Wrybills 12 Bar-tailed Godwit
25 Wrybills feeding on the mudflats just before and after high tide. At high tide thy spent there time roosting on one of the small islands.
2 Cirl Bunting feeding with yellowhammers, redpolls and Chaffinches on newly sown grass, 100 m inside gate on left hand side of internal park road thru picnic area.