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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.

Waimakariri River

2 Wrybill with 2 fledging

1 Black Stilt paired with pied stilt

Nesting Spur-winged Plovers, Reported by Jan Walker

A pair of Spur-wings are nesting already in the paddock down Kennedys Bush Rd , Halswell, that they used last year. It seems to get earlier and earlier. A few days ago I thought the sitting bird was a clump of liquefaction, but no, it is indeed a bird, with mate nearby.

There were 5 […]

Pigeon Bay,Banks Peninsula

Rifleman nesting in earth bank

Waimakariri River

Hi everyone,

Here is the next and long overdue update about the Waimak river birds.

The black-billed gull colony around the Groyne 53 mark is doing well and yesterday I managed to count around 100 chicks so this is a good start. The colony has maintained its size well and has probably grown since its […]

Waimakariri River

1 Black Fronted Dotteral (4km above the bridges) E1569898 N5192228

Still not confirmed as Breeding

1 Shining Cuckoo

Ashley River reported by Nick Ledgard

Reporting on our annual survey. We completed that on Saturday and were lucky with the weather (overcast, some spits of rain). We had 14 turn up, so good numbers to do the normal stretches of the river, which was quite crossable. Many thanks to all those who helped in this once-a-year important event [about […]

Upper Ashley River Reported by Peter Langlands

Hi all- recently found 16 dead adult black-billed gulls at a colony of ca 70 pairs in Lees Valley, Upper Ashley River . Chicks starving. Dead birds in colony with no apparent cause of death ( ie. no bullet holes or 4WD tracks). A concern . Have photographs of colony. Poisoning or an avian disease […]

Waimakariri River

Banded Dotteral on eggs 72 Black fronted Terns 1300c Black Billed Gulls 1 Wrybill

Departures of SIPO from the Avon-Heathcote Estuary in CHCH Reported by Andrew Crossland

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.