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Kaitorete Spit, Lake Ellesmere

1 Curlew Sandpiper 3 Red-necked Stints 11 Knot 20 Turnstones 97 Wrybills 12 Bar-tailed Godwit 30+ Pied Stilts 10+ Banded Dotteral 137 White-Fronted Terns 65 Black-billed Gulls 4 Caspian Terns

Shining cuckoo at Duvauchelle John Thom

One for us also at Duvauchelle at 3.25 on the same day (30th Sept). John Thom

Shining cuckoo at Holmes Bay, Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula reported by Tina Troup

Hi – yesterday (30th Sept) a shining cuckoo was singing its head off in Holmes Bay (Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula). And after a quiet day for kereru, we ended up with 21 in the plum tree not long before the sun disappeared behind the ridge. – Tina Troup

Jarvis Rd

Hunting at lake Ellesmere? The birds consisted of 9 Black Swans and 2 Pigeon. Its sad to think that people go out for a days hunting and have such little respect for what thay are hunting. Not to mention polluting the waterways.


Embankment Road

7 Turnstones 8 Knot 2 Red Necked Stints 2 Curlew Sandpipers 14 Bar-tailed Godwit 147 Wrybills 64 Banded Dotterals 86 Pied Stilts

Magpie attacking Little Owl Motukarara Reported by John Thom

I know Motukarara magpies don’t like cyclists but I had a new experience this week. I was driving out a tree-lined farm driveway and saw what I thought was a couple of magpies having an aerial tussle. When one tumbled to the ground it released an owl which promptly flew away. Interesting that we often […]

Leucistic Waxeye at Travis

Leucistic Waxeye feeding in willows with large number of waxeyes

Yarr’s Reserve to Jarvis Road Reported by Stephen Wratten

Colin Hill and I went from east of Yarr’s Reserve to Jarvis Road and found:

Bar-tailed Godwit: 37 at Yarr’s and 87 at Jarvis. Probably different groups but can’t be certain so 87 is the best count to record Pied Oystercatcher: 114 Wrybill: 70 Asiatic Golden Plover : Colin found 4 distant ones near Greenpark […]

Charlesworth Reserve

2 Kingfishers 1 Caspian Tern 25 Bar-tailed Godwit 8 White faced Herons

Kibblewhite Reserve South New Brighton Reported by Suzanne Wilkinson