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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

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.


Little Egret in the paddocks next to Charlesworth Reserve

Litte Egret seen feeding with white faced herons

Chestnut-breasted Shelduck At Bromley oxidation ponds

2 Chestnut-breasted Shelduck on the empty pond next to main road.

2 Arctic Skua over head also and

1 Great White Heron in the estuary nest to the south Brighton bridge

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Glossy Ibis back at Travis Wetland for 16th year Reported by Andrew Crossland

The Glossy Ibis was back today – for the 16th consecutive winter – at Travis Wetland Reserve, CHCH. First sighted in winter 1999 its been here every winter since. Its habits and the sites it is faithful to, mean that it can be none other than the same bird each year. Does anyone know what […] Alert: at last some skua action off CHCH beaches Reported by Andrew Crossland

Its been a slow skua season so far, appears to be less around than last year. Today, while doing a beach patrol along southshore spit, I noticed a big congregation of gulls and terns feeding about 400m offshore. Suddenly a loose formation of dark shapes arrive and the fun begins. 3 dark and 2 pale […]

Oxidation Ponds

7 Wrybill

1 Arctic Skus over head

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over-summering White Herons Reported by Andrew Crossland

Interesting to read Sav’s posting about a Great Egret still present in Taradale, Hawkes Bay. Generally over spring-early summer the entire population are centred near Okarito on the West Coast. In the CHCH area 2 different individuals have stayed through spring-summer on Brooklands lagoon and the lower Avon River. A year or two ago a […]

Avon & heathcote Estuary

1 Knot

1 Arctic Skua

The Groynes Reported by Ann Sherlock

Shining Cuckoo heard at The Groynes, north Christchurch yesterday.

Ann Sherlock