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California Gnatcatcher,©David Sibley

08 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Shore Plover Auckland ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
07 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little Black Shags in North Canterbury ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
07 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Red Crowned Kakariki Battle Hill Farm ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
8 Mar RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
06 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Spoonbill at Travis Wetland ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
06 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Kookaburra in Silverdale/Wainui ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
6 Mar RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
6 Mar RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach ["Colin Meurk MeurkC AT landcareresearch.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
05 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Cape Barren goose ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
05 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
05 Mar brown booby on fishing boat off Stewart Island ["langlands AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
04 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Leucistic red-billed gull at Nelson Haven ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
4 Mar Russell Canning ["'David' lawrie AT ps.gen.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
03 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Ambury Farm Park - middle shellbank ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
03 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Korokoro dam brown teal ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
3 Mar A-H Christchurch ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
02 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: buff-colored white-fronted tern? ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
02 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Waipu/Big Sand/Miranda/Huntly birding highlights ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
01 Mar BirdingNZ.net Alert: Caspian tern Hoopers Inlet? ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
28 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Partially leucistic SIPO? ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
28 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: White heron ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
28 Feb Reef Herons at Duffers Reef ["'Rob Schuckard' rschckrd AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
28 Feb Shorebird Census Top of South Island ["'Rob Schuckard' rschckrd AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
27 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Bird ID Please ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
26 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Black Kite reported on Picton-Nelson Road ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
27 Feb Fwd: Travels with Godwits Public Talk: Monday 2 March 7pm ["Jan Walker shesagreen AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
26 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little egret at Manawatu Estuary ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
26 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Highlights from Farewell Spit . ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
25 Feb Re: New Zealand Birders group on Facebook ["Bruce D Harrison Birding Group brucedharrison AT yahoo.com [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
25 Feb New Zealand Birders group on Facebook ["kotuku33 AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
25 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Caspian Tern - Waikato River ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
24 Feb Long tailed cuckoo, whangarei ["Birderdavid birderdavid AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
24 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Possible Pacific heron in Waitaki valley ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
24 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Possible yellow-billed spoonbill near Tarras ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
24 Feb RE: Yellow-crowned Parakeets Porirua, Wellington ["'Ian Armitage' ian.armitage AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
24 Feb Long tailed cuckoo ["Mike & Linden Johnson mglmj AT clear.net.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
23 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Eastbourne falcons ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
23 Feb Fried birds ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
23 Feb Yellow-crowned Parakeets Porirua, Wellington ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
19 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Black-fronted Terns, Taputeranga Marine Reserve ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
19 Feb Fernbird ["'Rob Schuckard' rschckrd AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
18 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Tern ID Please ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
18 Feb Fwd: FW: nail this bastard ["Jan Walker shesagreen AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
16 Feb RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Brown Booby on Horuhoru Island (Gannet Rock) ["'Richard Fenner' richardfenner1 AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
15 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Brown Booby on Horuhoru Island (Gannet Rock) ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
15 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Orange-fronted Parakeet ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
14 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Two Marsh Sandpipers in Invercargill ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
13 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Terns; White winged or Whiskered? ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
13 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Oriental Cuckoo in Southland ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
13 Feb FW: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Rooks - South Island ["'Wratten, Stephen' Steve.Wratten AT lincoln.ac.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
12 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Rooks - South Island ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
12 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Auckland to Kaikoura tour highlights ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
12 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Sanderling at Lake Ellesmere ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
11 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Marsh Crakes and Spotless Crake at Travis Wetland, CHCH ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
11 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: white herons ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
10 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Aussie Migrants In off the Sea this morning ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
09 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Ohiwa - Wandering tattler ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
07 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Falcon calling: Putangirua Pinnacles campsite ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
06 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little Waihi - Glossy ibis ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
06 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Banded Godwits and Knots at Foxton ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
05 Feb Live seabirds coming ashore in Wellington Harbour ["cotterclan AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
05 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Galah in Christchurch ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
05 Feb Re: new york hawk ["David Riddell & Annette Taylor Number8 AT ihug.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
5 Feb new york hawk ["'Stephen' stephen11 AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
02 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little Black Cormorant at Westlake in Halswell, Chch ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
02 Feb BirdingNZ.net Alert: marsh sandpiper ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
02 Feb Black kite Wairau Valley. ["Mike & Linden Johnson mglmj AT clear.net.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
1 Feb Lake Ellesmere Feb 1 2015 ["'Wratten, Stephen' Steve.Wratten AT lincoln.ac.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
1 Feb RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Banded black-billed gull. ["'David' lawrie AT ps.gen.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
31 Jan BirdingNZ.net Alert: Banded black-billed gull. ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
31 Jan Cats and birds ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
31 Jan BirdingNZ.net Alert: Great Knot at Miranda ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
31 Jan BirdingNZ.net Alert: Ohiwa oystercatcher with band + weka ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
30 Jan BirdingNZ.net Alert: Red-crowned Kakariki Porirua Scenic Reserve ["noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
30 Jan Little Whimbrel at Whatipu ["Adrian Riegen riegen AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]
30 Jan How the Yellowhammer became a kiwi ["'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" ]

Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Shore Plover Auckland
From: "noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Mar 2015 00:28:46 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

adam has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Whilst out birding today (13:30) near Cockle Bay I came across a banded
Shore Plover. I thought this might be of interest to any local birders who
might want to see the bird. 

https://www.google.co.nz/maps/ AT -36.9131 

... !1e3?hl=en

If anyone has any information on these bands I'd love to hear.

Cheers, 


Adam
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little Black Shags in North Canterbury
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Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:42:52 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Nick Allen has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Two birds feeding actively in the pond west of the road at Kaiapoi Ponds
yesterday morning (I've never seen them there before) - great to watch
their synchronised swimming.

Then went to the Taranaki Creek wetland next to Waikuku Beach Road and
there were two more (young birds) in the roadside trees there (great
photography site - can photograph out of car window without spooking the
birds, which are fairly used to people anyway). Got to wonder if the
species bred in the small shag colony there...
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Red Crowned Kakariki Battle Hill Farm
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Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 20:32:52 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Charlotte has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Caught up with some friends up at Battle Hill farm today. Was surprised by
the number of Kakariki around, I counted 4 before I'd even left the carpark
and there were more to be seen, along with several kereru and pukeko. The
kids got a kick out of the local ducks and chickens...great spot for a
picnic and throwing around some frisbee.
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Subject: RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach
From: "'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Mar 2015 02:20:41 +1300
The bird that Mavis saw and photographed was banded by Willie Cook on 13 
December 2010 at the Bell Island shellbank, Waimea Inlet, Nelson. It was one of 
a cohort of chicks that surprisingly still had an 'egg tooth' on the tip of the 
bill when nearly fledged - good to know that whatever caused this apparently 
had no long term effects. 


David Melville
OSNZ Banding Liaison Officer




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Subject: [BIRDING-NZ] BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach

Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Mavis Hirini has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Saw this tagged bird this afternoon on the ocean beach river entrance at Kuku 
near Levin. 

Wonder where the bird was tagged?
Cheers Mavis
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Spoonbill at Travis Wetland
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Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 22:33:27 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

mp26 has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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birdnets.jpg

Saw a spoonbill fly in and land near the wooden yards at Travis today
07/03/2105 around 4pm
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Kookaburra in Silverdale/Wainui
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Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 01:43:30 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Mandyjane has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Folks - I belong to a local facebook page and there was a report today of
(a) kookaburra at the Wainui end of the new housing development in
Millwater, apparantly it (they) has (have) been chattering for some time
now and a number of residents have been confused as to what the "monkey"
noises are  !  There are a couple of stands of gum around and I thought I
heard one a couple of months ago myself.  I dont think there have been any
sightings..  will hunt over the weekend..  For those who are local - its
Millwater Parkway/Timberlands road, and further towards Wainui as well.
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Subject: RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach
From: "'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:54:49 +1300
The bird was banded as a chick by Willie Cook at the Bell Island shellbank, 
Waimea Inlet, Nelson - I am awaiting details of the date. 


Cheers

David




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Sent: 06 March 2015 17:42
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Subject: RE: [BIRDING-NZ] BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach

U could report it on this site.
http://naturewatch.org.nz/projects/banded-ringed-or-otherwise-tagged-wildlife
cheers c
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Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Mavis Hirini has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Saw this tagged bird this afternoon on the ocean beach river entrance at Kuku 
near Levin. 

Wonder where the bird was tagged?
Cheers Mavis
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Subject: RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach
From: "Colin Meurk MeurkC AT landcareresearch.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 04:42:10 +0000
U could report it on this site.
http://naturewatch.org.nz/projects/banded-ringed-or-otherwise-tagged-wildlife
cheers c
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Subject: [BIRDING-NZ] BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach



Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Mavis Hirini has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

--------------------------------------------
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Saw this tagged bird this afternoon on the ocean beach river entrance at
Kuku near Levin.
Wonder where the bird was tagged?
Cheers Mavis
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Cape Barren goose
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1 060315Misc5605Copy.jpgCape Barren goose spotted
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Excuse lousy image just a point and shoot.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: A40 Caspian Tern Kuku Beach
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Saw this tagged bird this afternoon on the ocean beach river entrance at
Kuku near Levin.
Wonder where the bird was tagged?
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Subject: brown booby on fishing boat off Stewart Island
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Date: 05 Mar 2015 01:07:06 -0800
Hi all - I have just been sent a photo showing a juvenile brown booby roosting 
on the bow of a crayfishing boat, in the last day or so , off Stewart Island. 
Collecting full details now. Possibly the southern most record of brown booby ? 

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Leucistic red-billed gull at Nelson Haven
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Hi all

Warren Plum has provided images of a pure white red-billed gull to NZ Birds
Online. The images were taken at Nelson Haven about a fortnight ago. The
best of the images is now published as the final image in the grid on the
red-billed gull page:
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Subject: Russell Canning
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Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 21:16:44 +1300
Russell,

Tony Habraken was at Big Sand Island at the same time as you were, but at
the south end.

He would like to compare notes with you.

Can you contact him at

 

aahabraken AT gmail.com  

 

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Ambury Farm Park - middle shellbank
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I was at the middle shellbank at Ambury Farm Park in Mangere Bridge this
morning and apart from a huge flock of wrybill, lots of SIPO's, spoonbill,
caspian terns, stilts, godwits and the other regulars, I saw an Eastern
Curlew. It was not hanging out with the godwits, but was in the middle of
the wrybills, which really made it stand out like the proverbial!

Another interesting thing - on my walk to the shellbank from the carpark, I
saw 7 Barbary doves which is the most I've seen in one place. I've seen
them here regularly, but never that many.

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Korokoro dam brown teal
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Yesterday evening I spotted a brown teal hanging around with some mallards
at the korokoro dam. Has anyone else seen this?
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Subject: A-H Christchurch
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Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 20:34:48 +1300
A quick visit to ChCh yesterday and today - a Little Egret on the estuary
this afternoon, and lots of Bar-tailed Godwits looking ready to depart
including a fair sprinkling of colour banded birds as well as a single bird
from South Australia with VERY faded flags, two from Victoria and one from
Miranda.

 

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: buff-colored white-fronted tern?
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I was out at Aramoana today, 3 March, admiring the flock of several hundred
White-fronted Terns (and 1 Black-fronted Tern) that have settled out there.
In the mix was the bird in the photos below with a crown, back, scapulars
and wing coverts edged with a rich golden-buff color. This is the first
time I've seen a White-fronted Tern this buffy, and scanning through images
online I can't see anything similar. Will folks verify for me that this is,
in fact, a juvenile White-fronted Tern? and, if so, is this buffy
coloration regular?

buff_tern_3_sm.jpg

buff_tern_5_smnew.jpg

buff_tern_1_sm.jpg

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Dunedin
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Waipu/Big Sand/Miranda/Huntly birding highlights
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Evening all,

With Lisa on a "girls weekend" I had 1.5 days of free time. Chill out at
home, or go birding? I chose the latter...

If there is anything I learned this weekend it's to never drive through
Auckland during daylight hours when birding time is limited, and that some
high tides are better than others.

After failing to see any boobies (of any sort) at Muriwai, I drove up to
Waipu and camped out there. I rose at dawn to bird the estuary and see if
that Crested Tern was around. No luck there but plenty to look at with the
highlight being a very confiding Reef Heron. 5 spoonbill and 1 Wrybill may
also be notable.

Full eBird checklist: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22095651

From there, I headed back south to Wellsford and over to Birds Beach in the
middle of Kaipara Harbour. Tide was way out but there were plenty of birds
on the flats so I spent an hour or so chasing godwit and knot flocks in
mirages without turning up much else other than SIPOs and turnstones. I
would be very interested to know what a rising tide is like here and where
the birds congregate (perhaps the adjacent sand spit?). Seems like a great
spot that doesn't get covered very often.

Moving on to the main attraction--Big Sand Island. I arrived 4 hours before
high tide which meant I had a lot of time to get hot walking around the
interior dunes of the island photographing plants. I came across a burning
log on the west beach which was right up against the dune grass. Lightning
strike? It was smoldering pretty well so I was pretty concerned (no signs
of human-causes. As fate would have it, a bucket has washed up on shore
(literally the only object on the entire west beach) so I made a few trips
and got the fire out. I trekked up to the north end and could see the tide
still had a ways to go so I took a nap under a pine tree where a little
Grey Warbler serenaded me for the better part of an hour. 

Water was still taking it's sweet time with less than an hour to go til
"high tide." Began to realize that a 2.7m high tide in the Kaipara kinda
sucks here. Making matters worse was that high tide was 7:45pm (sundown is
8pm) so I didn't have a lot of time to work the waders. Abandoned my hide
near the usual roost and headed out on the flats to get closer to the birds
that were quite spread out. Still had a great evening with some good
numbers but I know diversity would have been much better on a higher tide.
Highlights included 228 Ruddy Turnstone, 72 NZ Dots (all at north end), 2
adult Fairy Terns, and 1 imm Little Tern. 2 Parasitic Jaegers were
harassing WF Terns offshore. As I walked back to the car under moonlight,
several pairs of Fernbird could be heard, and a lone bittern boomed a few
times on the mainland somewhere.

Full eBird checklist here: ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22101767
(only includes north end birds)

Not wanting to experience Auckland during daylight hours on Sunday, I drive
through the city that night and camped out near the Whangamarino Wetlands.
Was hoping to hear some crakes and maybe bittern but my impromptu surveys
only turned up Pukekos and various ducks.

The following morning just around dawn I popped into the public walking
tracks of Falls Rd in Whangamarino and heard a crake that best fits Marsh
Crake. I know Spotless is the more expected species but this bird gave the
rising and falling keeking series I've heard Marsh Crakes do on the South
Island. It was mostly doing single chuk notes that sounded rather
ambiguous. I'm not sure how variable either species is and there seems to
be a real lack of recordings--especially in NZ. Ironically, the Baillon's
Crake (which is what Marsh Crakes are called throughout Eurasia and
Australia) recordings from elsewhere sound quite different. Anyway, will
have to get back and do more listening in the future. Also had some very
nice-looking Grey Ducks around Whangamarino.

Next I headed to Miranda, where the tide was already way out and the sun
glare made viewing the mudflats rather onerous. A single Great Egret with
some spoonbills was a nice sight, and at least 3 Pectoral Sandpipers are
still about.

Finally I spent the rest of the morning/early afternoon exploring all the
publicly accessible wetlands in the Huntly/Rangiriri area. Human
disturbance and perhaps side-effects from the coal industry appear to keep
most of these areas relatively bird free, but some spots (especially the
south end of Lake Waikare) were quite good. Nothing too extraordinary to
report other than a small group of spoonbills at the SE corner of Waikare.

So all in all a great weekend for exploring the middle North Island and
I'll definitely return to the Kaipara with more time and better tides!

Russ Cannings
Cambridge, NZ
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Caspian tern Hoopers Inlet?
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I was looking through my binoculars at some pied stilts and white faced
herons yesterday, when I saw this tern in the background. I don't think I
would have noticed it otherwise. Are they commonly found on the Otago
Peninsula or a summer visitor? Because I've never noticed them here before
(though I haven't looked for them either--I will now, though).
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Partially leucistic SIPO?
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Saw this SIPO this morning on the Ambury Park, Mangere foreshore. Is this
partial leucism or some other variety of 'faded' mutation?
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: White heron
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Yesterday we had our first sightings of white heron (2) while on a kayaking
tour. We also saw 124 Black fronted tern, 40 Royal spoonbill, 50 SIPO, 18
VOC and 178 godwit. We couldn't complete this count as we were stuck on a
tidal channel. There were more in flight and feeding however too far away
for counting. We still have 5 Glossy ibis on our wetland most evenings.
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Subject: Reef Herons at Duffers Reef
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Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 16:09:58 +1300
Hi all,

At 27th February 2015, 2 Reef Herons were recorded at Duffers Reef in the
outer Marlborough Sounds.

Cheers

Rob
Subject: Shorebird Census Top of South Island
From: "'Rob Schuckard' rschckrd AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:23:07 +1300
Hi all,

About 15 people participated in the February OSNZ Shorebird Census of Top of
South Island.

In total about 45.000 shorebirds were counted, 60% migratory and 40% endemic
species; in total 19 species of shorebirds were counted, with some nice rare
species as well. All the uncommon shorebirds were counted at Farewell Spit:
New Zealand Dotterel, Pacific Golden Plover, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper, Sanderling, Red-necked Stint, Far-eastern Curlew, Whimbrel. Grey
Plover and Black Stilt. 

 

Steve Wood made a number of pictures of some of the uncommon NZ shorebird
species, many of them still showed some progression in the moult. It seems
very unlikely that any the uncommon species will migrate this year.

 

Farewell Spit: 

Pied Oystercatcher - Very low numbers were counted, the lowest since 1998.

Banded Dotterel - Average numbers

Bar-tailed Godwit - Average numbers

Red Knot - Average numbers

Ruddy Turnstone - Very low numbers, lowest since 1998. Due to high tide
counting was problematic with birds dispersed in very small groups over
length of spit.

 

Golden Bay:

Pied Oystercatcher - Average numbers

Banded Dotterel - Very low numbers

Bar-tailed Godwit - Average numbers

Red Knot - Low numbers

 

Tasman Bay: 

Pied Oystercatcher - Low numbers 

Banded Dotterel - High numbers, close to the highest counted in 2008, (283)

Bar-tailed Godwit - Average numbers

Red Knot - Average numbers

Ruddy Turnstone - Average numbers.

 

Regards

Rob
Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Bird ID Please
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Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:53:07 -0500
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Hi folks,

I'm posting this on behalf of Jan.
I'm probably the 5th person in this trail starting at the original
observer.
The image is a decent crop of the pic that I got sent.
Exif data says that it was taken on the 14th of Feb this year at 10:31.
This is the text that accompanies it
"I am attaching a photo taken by my brother earlier this month; on Stewart
Is, at East Ruggedy where he stayed in a cave for 2 weeks. He said the bird
had a grey body, light blue on top of the wings, head constantly on the
move with quick head movements, bigger than a tui, about the size of a
red-billed gull. Any ideas?"
Mystery bird quiz time again folks  [Smile]


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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Black Kite reported on Picton-Nelson Road
From: "noreply AT birdingnz.net [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 21:00:10 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

RussCannings has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Hi all,

Someone (visiting birder from USA) has recently submitted a sighting of a
Black Kite seen along the main road between Picton and Nelson (Observer
could not specify location). The bird was well described however it was
seen from a car, and he also said that he may have seen one from the
Arthur's Pass train as well so...

It's not terribly far from the Renwick bird but still seems unlikely to be
the same individual. Without knowing the person well it's hard to properly
assess how well harrier was ruled out but the observer claims to have seen
many hundreds of Black Kites elsewhere.

Just wanted to put the word out for anyone travelling between Picton and
Nelson anyway!

Russ Cannings
Cambridge, NZ

p.s. There have also been at least 2 adult Black Stilts at Miranda
recently.
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Subject: Fwd: Travels with Godwits Public Talk: Monday 2 March 7pm
From: "Jan Walker shesagreen AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:36:38 +1300
How do I get this on with the photo?

Cheers,
jan
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From: Warren Jowett 
Date: Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 10:43 AM
Subject: Re: Travels with Godwits Public Talk: Monday 2 March 7pm
To: Jan Walker 



Kia ora Jan
Here is a message and photo that I have just received from a friend, Val
Clemens.
Any ideas on identification?
Warren Jowett
* I am attaching a photo taken by my brother earlier this month; on Stewart
Is, at East Ruggedy where he stayed in a cave for 2 weeks. He said the bird
had a grey body, light blue on top of the wings, head constantly on the
move with quick head movements, bigger than a tui, about the size of a
red-billed gull. Any ideas?*



 *027 800 7266 / 027 468 0202*
*03 303 0880*
*71 Flynns Rd, Staveley, RD 1, *
*Ashburton 7771, New Zealand*


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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little egret at Manawatu Estuary
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Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:39:33 -0500
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Colin Miskelly has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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I called in at Manawatu Estuary on 24 February, and was there for the
mid-afternoon high tide. The only bird of note was a little egret preening
among the driftwood and assorted waders on the sandspit. I was looking from
the walkway opposite, and had met up with Mavis Hirini there, when an
oblivious group of four walkers strolled through the birds. They were
(unsuccessfully) seeking a way to cross the channel to where we were, and
were surprised when we berated them for disturbing wildlife in a bird
sanctuary. "Birds? what birds?" The egret flew north and the godwits,
knots, oystercatchers, golden plovers, stilts, Caspian terns and
black-billed gulls flew out to sea or headed over to the south side of the
river, opposite the boat ramp. The wrybills and banded dotterels were the
only species that returned after flying around.

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Highlights from Farewell Spit .
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Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Steve Wood has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Amongst the usual line up of waders, also seen were. Sanderling 2,  Grey
Plover 1, Sharp tailed Sandpiper 2, Curlew Sandpiper 2,Red necked Stint 1,
Curlew 1, Whimbrel 2. Wry bill 2( unusual for the spit).NZ Dotterel 3.

Plus 1 White winged Black Tern (juv)  first time record for me for the
spit.

Steve.
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Subject: Re: New Zealand Birders group on Facebook
From: "Bruce D Harrison Birding Group brucedharrison AT yahoo.com [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:40:51 +0000 (UTC)
Could you plse give me some more information on how this new service is going 
to work. I think this Yahoo group is working well enough. 

I am just starting to use E-bird. What are your thoughts on this system. I can 
even update my sightings from my mobile phone. Get a rare bird list daily ... 
it details my life list and ytd list. I can even track areas where sightings 
have been recorded.http://ebird.org/content/ebird/about/I am not trying to be 
negative here but when sightings are posted it would help if the location was 
detailed as well. Many notifications have no geographic detail. 

BDH
 

 On Thursday, February 26, 2015 10:39 AM, "kotuku33 AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" 
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   I thought the people on this list might be interested in knowing that a 
Facebook group has been created called New Zealand Birders. The creator did it 
because he saw that no Facebook group was currently filling the role of 
providing a Facebook forum for exchange of information that was tied to no 
organization or particular agenda. 


His welcome post reads: "Welcome! I created this group to help promote a sense 
of community for everyone interested in New Zealand birds. I'm a Kiwi who's 
been based in Melbourne for a few years, and I was inspired by the success of 
"Victorian Birders", which has quickly grown into a large and supportive group 
of eager birders. Let's make it happen in NZ too!" 

And the page description reads: "Pictures, tips and news about birding in New 
Zealand. Please let's grow this community by sharing images and stories about 
finding birds in New Zealand." 

It's a closed group so you need to request to be added. Simply search for New 
Zealand Birders on Facebook. 

Mona-LynnAuckland
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Subject: New Zealand Birders group on Facebook
From: "kotuku33 AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 13:39:06 -0800
I thought the people on this list might be interested in knowing that a 
Facebook group has been created called New Zealand Birders. The creator did it 
because he saw that no Facebook group was currently filling the role of 
providing a Facebook forum for exchange of information that was tied to no 
organization or particular agenda. 


His welcome post reads: "Welcome! I created this group to help promote a sense 
of community for everyone interested in New Zealand birds. I'm a Kiwi who's 
been based in Melbourne for a few years, and I was inspired by the success of 
"Victorian Birders", which has quickly grown into a large and supportive group 
of eager birders. Let's make it happen in NZ too!" 


 And the page description reads: "Pictures, tips and news about birding in New 
Zealand. Please let's grow this community by sharing images and stories about 
finding birds in New Zealand." 

 

 It's a closed group so you need to request to be added. Simply search for New 
Zealand Birders on Facebook. 

 

 Mona-Lynn
 Auckland

Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Caspian Tern - Waikato River
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Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 01:50:51 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

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Saw a single Caspian Tern heading downriver at Rangiriri. First I have seen
this far inland. How far would they go up river?
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Subject: Long tailed cuckoo, whangarei
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Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:49:10 +1300
I received a report today of a long tailed cuckoo in whangarei. It initially 
hit a window and was then harassed by a cat, but it's fate was not determined. 
The interesting thing was that it was in whangarei. 

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Possible Pacific heron in Waitaki valley
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Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:31:52 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Colin Miskelly has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Further to the posting about a possible yellow-billed spoonbill near
Tarras, the second reported sighting of interest was two neighbours at
Otekaeke, Waitaki Valley who both reported a Pacific heron beside a small
pond "about 5 days ago".

This could be the same bird that has been seen at several central Otago and
Southland locations since May 2013.

Cheers
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Possible yellow-billed spoonbill near Tarras
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Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 03:17:57 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Colin Miskelly has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Hi all
I have been away from internet for a few days and returned to find a couple
of interesting 'Rare bird' reports to NZ Birds Online. The first was of a
possible yellow-billed spoonbill:
"I saw one of the above search for food with its bill in a  shallow pond in
a paddock on Lindis Crossing Station which is on the terrace east of
Tarras, Central Otago"
I phoned the woman who reported it, and she has not seen the bird again
(she reported it on Saturday). The feeding behaviour sound right for
spoonbill, but the bill colour was not noticed at the time - it was when
she went on line to identify her mystery bird that she deduced that it was
a yellow-billed spoonbill, as she thought she would have noticed the black
bill and legs of a royal spoonbill.
Worth keeping an eye out for, along with a reported Pacific heron in the
Waitaki Valley (I'll do a separate post on that)
Cheers
Colin
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Subject: RE: Yellow-crowned Parakeets Porirua, Wellington
From: "'Ian Armitage' ian.armitage AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:30:53 +1300
Great to read this very good news.  It seems that both red-crowned and
yellow-crowned parakeets are slowly - but steadily - becoming established
naturally in the Porirua-Tawa area. 

 

A small population of red-crowned parakeets have been present in the Porirua
Scenic Reserve for at least 8 years and have spread south to Tawa, often
being seen and heard in the Larsen Crescent Reserve (in Tawa) since 2010.
Two birds flew through my garden in Tawa last year.  At least one pair of
red-crowned parakeets have bred nearby this summer as 2 fledglings were seen
with a parent recently in the Larsen Crescent Reserve.

 

Yellow-crowned parakeets are now regularly seen and heard in Porirua Scenic
Reserve also, especially at the Rangituhi Crescent entrance.  And now 4
birds are present in Arawhata Street.  Arawhata St to Porirua Scenic Reserve
(straight line) is about 2.5 - 3 km.  Arawhata St to Larsen Crescent Reserve
is about 4 km.

 

Not bad at all !  In addition, bellbirds are often seen and heard in Porirua
and Tawa now and formerly there were none.

 

Ian

 

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Julia had been hearing kakariki calling for over a week - last Friday we
managed to get a good look at them (at least 4) - Yellow-crowned - sitting
in a pine tree at the top of Arawhata Street.

Not bad!

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Subject: Long tailed cuckoo
From: "Mike & Linden Johnson mglmj AT clear.net.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:20:11 +1300
A long tailed cuckoo was spotted on Point View Drive, East Tamaki Heights
last week. It had been calling the day before it flew into a window. It
recovered and flew off.
Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Eastbourne falcons
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Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 02:38:51 -0500
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I first heard then saw two birds this evening.  the call was different from
the typical kek-kek, a longer, more drawn out.
One bird was circling and calling, then landed in a dead tree, then I could
hear a second calling.
Of the sounds at
nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/new-zealand-falcon#bird-sounds the one I
usually hear is the first, this was more like the 2nd and 3rd call.
Could anyone shed light on what behaviour this would be at this time of
year?
It's always a treat to see or hear these birds in my back yard.
thanks
Andy
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Subject: Fried birds
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Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:43:31 +1300
This may be of interest:

 

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/science/mojave-solar-plant-scorching-birds
-mid-air

 

Cheers

 

David

 
Subject: Yellow-crowned Parakeets Porirua, Wellington
From: "'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 18:39:52 +1300
Julia had been hearing kakariki calling for over a week - last Friday we
managed to get a good look at them (at least 4) - Yellow-crowned - sitting
in a pine tree at the top of Arawhata Street.

 

Not bad!

 

David
Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Black-fronted Terns, Taputeranga Marine Reserve
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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:54:33 -0500
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There were 2 black-fronted terns with 26 white-fronted terns on rocks at
the end of Te Raekaihau Point on the eastern side of the Taputeranga Marine
Reserve at 12 noon today. These are the first migrating BFTs I've seen on
this stretch of coast so far this summer.
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Subject: Fernbird
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Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:46:01 +1300
This morning 5 Fernbirds around the wetland behind our place in the sounds.
Likely a pair with young, very vocal.

Rob
Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Tern ID Please
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I was sent this photo by Lianne Kooiman which was taken at the fast
becoming famous Invercargill Estuary Lagoon - I think Gull-billed Tern.
Comments please.[
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Subject: Fwd: FW: nail this bastard
From: "Jan Walker shesagreen AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 09:30:50 +1300
This may interest you?
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Subject: FW: nail this bastard
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*Subject:* nail this bastard



*Blue crane massacre*

February 16 2015 at 07:27pm
By Norma WildenboerComment on this story

 


[image: Description: iol news pic DF BLUE CRANE POPULATION]

*Kimberley - In a massive blow to the population of South Africa’s national
bird, between 200 and a thousand blue cranes have been poisoned, allegedly
by a well-known Northern Cape farmer.*

The farmer, from the Richmond district in the Northern Cape, allegedly
poisoned the birds over a period of three years since 2012.

While his reasons for the alleged poisonings are still unclear, the birds
were apparently attracted to newly planted fields and pivots on his farm,
which is designated as a sheep and cattle farm, further raising the
possible contravention of land use and irrigation development laws by the
farmer.

Neighbours on Monday said the “illegal” irrigation pivot went into
operation in 2012, when the first carcasses were found. It now appears as
if the poisoning continued until recently.

According to reports, farm workers were instructed to dip corn in a poison
called Temic, also known as “Two Step” or Aldicarb, to deliberately poison
the birds. The workers then had to collect the carcasses of the dead birds
and bury them in porcupine and aardvark holes.

While the total number of carcasses found is believed to be around 200,
sources on Monday revealed that the number might be closer to a thousand.

[image: Description: BLUE CRANES]Some of the carcasses that were discovered
after the alleged poisoning. Picture: Supplied*Diamond Fields Advertiser*

The owner of the farm could face a myriad of charges if found guilty of
deliberate poisoning, including contravening animal protection, nature
conservation, environmental management, land use and poison management
legislation, which includes the Northern Cape Provincial Conservation Act
and the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act.

Dr Gerhard Verdoorn, who was on Monday busy with the investigation into the
alleged “mass murders” of the national bird, said he would be conducting
toxicology reports on some of the carcasses to determine what poison was
used to kill the birds.

“I don’t want to believe that this is true but all evidence so far points
to the fact that hundreds of blue cranes were deliberately poisoned,”
Verdoorn said.

He said that the misuse of any form of Aldicarb (registered in South Africa
by Bayer Crop Science until 2012) was a serious crime under the
Fertilizers, Farm Feeds, Agricultural Remedies and Stock Remedies Act.

“It is prohibited to use any insecticide for any other use than what is
indicated on the label. On the label there is no indication for its use on
birds and such action therefore makes it a criminal offence,” Verdoorn said.

He further stated that the poisoning of any animal without a permit was in
contravention of nature conservation laws in all provinces.

He requested that any information that could assist in the investigation be
relayed to him on 082 446 8946.

Various agricultural and environmental groups on Monday condemned the
alleged incident and expressed disappointment at the “cruel and deliberate
mass murder” of the blue cranes.

Agri Northern Cape on Monday said it regretted the unfortunate loss of the
blue cranes and “condemned in the strongest terms possible the illegal
killing of any wildlife”.

A concerned resident from the Richmond area said on Monday that the
incident impacted “substantially” on the conservation of blue cranes in the
Northern Cape because the area had one of the largest number of blue cranes
in their natural habitat in the world.

“This grouping was one of the largest in a single area. It is a serious
blow to the blue crane population as there are less blue cranes left than
there are rhinos. Around 20 years ago there were about 100 000 and today
there are less than 20 000,” the resident said.

The blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus) is currently listed as vulnerable
in the Eskom Red Data Book of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and the
2010 International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural
Resources (IUCN)’s Red List.

The central Karoo population of the south-eastern region of the Northern
Cape is one of South Africa’s three blue crane strongholds.

*Diamond Fields Advertiser*


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Subject: RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Brown Booby on Horuhoru Island (Gannet Rock)
From: "'Richard Fenner' richardfenner1 AT gmail.com [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 14:00:51 +1300
Does anyone know if the Muriwai bird is still around? I couldn’t find it a 
couple of weeks in the early evening but may not have hung around long enough. 


 

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Subject: [BIRDING-NZ] BirdingNZ.net Alert: Brown Booby on Horuhoru Island 
(Gannet Rock) 


 

  

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On a birds NZ field trip to count Spotted Shags in the inner Hauraki Gulf
we were lucky enough to see this Brown Booby standing in the Gannet colony
which is rather depleted now. Although there were quite a few adults there
appeared to be just a few large young birds left. The booby has a similar
plumage to the one at Muriwai so must be another young bird but it lacks
the blue tone on the bill and face so may be a female.

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On a birds NZ field trip to count Spotted Shags in the inner Hauraki Gulf
we were lucky enough to see this Brown Booby standing in the Gannet colony
which is rather depleted now. Although there were quite a few adults there
appeared to be just a few large young birds left. The booby has a similar
plumage to the one at Muriwai so must be another young bird but it lacks
the blue tone on the bill and face so may be a female.

Ian
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Orange-fronted Parakeet
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Ms M is just back from the Hawdon River south of and below Arthurs Pass.
She reports a trio of Orange-fronted Parakeets. No pics. They posed but
briefly.

The valley is one of the few locations these rarities are known from in
South Island. Ms M spotted them a couple of km in from the Hawdon camping
ground car park. Lest anyone should be tempted to go have a look, be aware
that 2 km is over rough unformed track with multiple stream/river
crossings. Given that Canterbury is in drought mode, the water at it
deepest was only just up to the knees. Hate to think what it might be after
a good Southern Alps shower.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Two Marsh Sandpipers in Invercargill
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After dipping out for the past week in an attempt to see the Marsh
Sandpiper at the Invercargill Estuary Lagoon (aka Tip Lagoon), Neil
Robertson and I found two this afternoon - very nice!
We had already struck gold earlier in the day during a wader count at
Awarua Bay with 3 Sanderling and 12 Golden Plover, Wynston Cooper had a
Lesser Sand plover near Cow Island and Lloyd Esler spotted a LIttle Egret
at Fortrose.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Terns; White winged or Whiskered?
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Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 18:06:25 -0500
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Will Parsons has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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We have been seeing a lot of terns lately on the lower Opawa/Wairau and
this morning I had a call from a man who has been fishing this area for the
last 70 years asking me what they are as they are smaller than Black
fronted and have black bills. So can you help us identify, Cheers Will 
[Very Happy]IMG_0703.JPGIMG_0710.JPGIMG_0708.JPG
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Oriental Cuckoo in Southland
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A DoC staff member took a photo of an Oriental Cuckoo at Lake Poteriteri
back on January 12th. This would be the fourth  or fifth record of this
species for Southland. Lake Poteriteri is west of Lake Hauroko - quite a
remote area. Thanks to Stephen MacDonald who gave permission for the photo
to published on this site.Oriental Cuckoo.jpg
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Subject: FW: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Rooks - South Island
From: "'Wratten, Stephen' Steve.Wratten AT lincoln.ac.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 02:43:45 +0000
Has ecan not heard of the economic threshold concept? I can't believe any 
economic damage is being done but these birds 


TTFN

Steve Wratten
Phone: +64 3 423 0911
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We get all sort of stuff in our RD box. Last week it was the Environment 
Canterbury newsletter Pest News - “South Canterbury Edition”. In it I 
learned that as of 2014 the Rook census for Canterbury as a whole stood at five 
birds. Perhaps this explains why I have never managed to get one in my lens. 


  I enquired of ECan where the sightings took place. They replied:

     We have in the past year had confirmed sightings in the area(s)
around:
        •       Pareora township, Timaru District
        •       Hawarden/Waikari, Hurunui District
        •       Lismore, Ashburton District
 Another area of historic sightings in South Canterbury is around Temuka but 
none have been spotted here in a while. 


 They also noted populations in Kaikoura and around the Waitaki River with the 
population in Otago estimated at 60 as of 2014. Both areas could allow for 
re-infestation of Canterbury. 


 Under their Regional Pest Management Strategy, ECan has plans to eliminate all 
birds from Canterbury by 2015. [I must get my pic soon!] As such they would 
appreciate information on any sightings. 

 In the case of Canterbury these can be reported to their Timaru Office direct 
on (03) 687 7800, preferably asap, with details of date/time/location/number of 
birds etc. 

  In the case of Otago contact Malcom, Allan at the Regional Council on 027
278 8498.

 And they specifically ask that upon making any Rook sighting in Canterbury no 
attempt is made to shoot or disturb the birds. 

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Rooks - South Island
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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 20:28:18 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Mxyzptlk has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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We get all sort of stuff in our RD box. Last week it was the Environment
Canterbury newsletter Pest News - “South Canterbury Edition”. In it I
learned that as of 2014 the Rook census for Canterbury as a whole stood at
five birds. Perhaps this explains why I have never managed to get one in my
lens.

  I enquired of ECan where the sightings took place. They replied:

     We have in the past year had confirmed sightings in the area(s)
around:
   	•	Pareora township, Timaru District
   	•	Hawarden/Waikari, Hurunui District
	•	Lismore, Ashburton District
    Another area of historic sightings in South Canterbury is around Temuka
but none have been spotted here in a while.

   They also noted populations in Kaikoura and around the Waitaki River
with the population in Otago estimated at 60 as of 2014. Both areas could
allow for re-infestation of Canterbury.

   Under their Regional Pest Management Strategy, ECan has plans to
eliminate all birds from Canterbury by 2015. [I must get my pic soon!] As
such they would appreciate information on any sightings.
   In the case of Canterbury these can be reported to their Timaru Office
direct on (03) 687 7800, preferably asap, with details of
date/time/location/number of birds etc.
  In the case of Otago contact Malcom, Allan at the Regional Council on 027
278 8498.

  And they specifically ask that upon making any Rook sighting in
Canterbury no attempt is made to shoot or disturb the birds.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Auckland to Kaikoura tour highlights
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Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 02:57:13 -0500
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Hi all,

Just halfway through a 21 day tour. Highlights so far include:
North Island Brown Kiwi - good but brief views of 2 at Trounson.
Fairy Tern - 5 birds at Te Arai Point giving wonderful, prolonged, close,
views.
Banded Rail - Epic views at both Sandspit and Miranda.
NZ Storm-petrel - about 20 birds showing well in the Hauraki Gulf
Grey Ternlet - about 60 birds at the Mokohinau Islands
Tiritiri - everything doing its stuff : Little Spotted Kiwi, 6 different
Takahe, 5 Kokako, etc
Miranda - 1500+ Wrybill, White-winged Black Tern, Marsh Sand etc
Pycroft's Petrel - probably my best ever views of at least 25 birds off Red
Mercury.
Long-tailed Cuckoo - at Pureora, a perched bird calling in full view for
about 10 minutes at a range of about 30m.
Blue Duck - a pair at Major Jones Pool, Turangi.
NZ Falcon - a perched juvenile at Boundary Stream.
Orange-fronted Parakeet - 2 birds showing extremely well at Bluemine
Island.
Glossy Ibis at Wairau Lagoons.
Hoary-headed Grebe - one at Lake Elterwater.

125 species so far, and a Kaikoura pelagic starts off the second half of
the tour tomorrow.....

cheers
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Sanderling at Lake Ellesmere
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I found a Sanderling amongst a flock of several hundred Banded Dotterels at
Jarvis Rd, Lake Ellesmere today. Also present were a Curlew Sandpiper, 5 RN
Stint and several Wrybills.  Photos to follow..
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Marsh Crakes and Spotless Crake at Travis Wetland, CHCH
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A Marsh Crake was reported yesterday at Travis by contractors. I saw one in
a differnet part of the wetland today, and Travis Wetland ranger Kenny Rose
had good, prolonged views of the first Spotless Crake seen at Travis. This
sp is uncommon in Canterbury with small pops known to be centred in the
Cheviot area of North Canty; in the northern Pegasus Bay coastal wetlands;
in the Waimakariri riparian wetlands; around Lake Ellesmere (and prob
Coopers Lgn and the Rakaia RM), and I think also in some High Country
wetlands/lake edges - but I've never seen them myself there. Since the
quakes and the consequent spread of raupo and carex habitat in abandoned or
wild corners of greater CHCH, Spotless have turned up in the Styx
Rivermouth Wetlands (near Brooklands Lagoon) and now at Travis Wetland -
which is a 130 ha wetland surrounded almost entirely by suburbia. 

Also of interest at Travis is a regular flock of Little Black Cormorant
(another rare sp in Canty), 3+ apparently resident Royal Spoonbills, and at
least 1 Bittern over summer. The Pectoral Sandpiper seen earlier in spring
has not been seen lately, no surprise as the lack of decent rain means that
most of the shallow muddy pools waders like have dried up.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: white herons
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2 white Heron in trees on island - Waikato river, Rangiri. Island downriver
of one way bridge.
White heron are often seen around Mercer/ Pokeno and Whangamarino wetlands.
Are these non breeding birds or is there a chnace thay could nreed in the
wetlands?
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Aussie Migrants In off the Sea this morning
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Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:45:23 -0500
Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Paul G has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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The MET Service website shows west to sou'westerly winds have prevailed
this month, eight days out of ten so far.
Last night on the west coast of the North Island the skies were clear and
starlit.
If we were on a main migration route (which we're not), then I guess these
would have been ideal conditions for the arrival
of migrant birds navigating their way from SE Australia.

At first light this morning we were walking on Kariotahi Beach on the west
coast of the North Island.  This is a windswept black sand surf beach
facing the Tasman, just N of the Waikato River mouth.  We've walked there
daily for the last decade. 
Today however, we got a 'life tick' for the site, a White-Faced Heron.

The bird was a juvenile. It looked thin, weak and disoriented, and wandered
around on the black sand near the edge of the breaking surf amongst passing
horses, pedestrians and cars.  Most uncharacteristic for the species.
As we approached, the bird seemed unable to take off despite clearly being
disturbed by our presence, then it weakly flapped into the nearby car park.
 About 500m further north, we found four more, all in a similarly
confused-looking state and looking weak and 'droopy'.   This is most odd
since it is not White-Faced Heron habitat in any way at all, and in ten
years we'd never seen one.

During our 2km walk we saw a total of about a dozen of the birds, with at
least seven individuals picked-up in the binoculars as small specks way out
west in the ocean, and flying directly towards the land.   All of those
arrived in a direct line of flight, but then broke-off over the land and
circled randomly before dropping down onto the beach.

I've seen the arrival of migrants off the sea plenty of times overseas, so
these birds certainly fitted the bill for having flown in from Australia.  

If that were the case, then maybe it would be benficial to keep extra alert
this week for any other vagrant or uncommon arrivals?  If Herons can get
here, then so can anything else, and hopefully more exciting stuff.

cheers
Paul
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Ohiwa - Wandering tattler
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Tim Barnard has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Ohiwa's wandering tattler was still present today associating closely with
four whimbrel on Whangakopikopiko Island. Very elusive though and hard to
appraoch. In total, 2700 Bar-tailed godwit, Knot 1, Pacific golden plover
9, Banded dotterel 135, NZ dotts 31, Asiatic whimbrel 5, SIPO 800 and 3
fernbird. And the obligatory weka (3) - you don't need to go to Opotiki for
the experience these days ...
Cheers
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Falcon calling: Putangirua Pinnacles campsite
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Date: Sat, 07 Feb 2015 22:51:28 -0500
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Charlotte has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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We spent Waitangi Day evening camping at Putangirua Pinnacles. Just before
9pm we heard a very vocal falcon close to the campsite flying up and down
the bushline. We were surprised as didn't realise they were in this
location. Saturday morning also found us looking on a family of 10
Californian Quails in the campsite itself running around the tents.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little Waihi - Glossy ibis
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Both birds still present on a day when everything seemed to be somewhere
else. Very quiet day, some godwits colouring up nicely now ...
Cheers
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Banded Godwits and Knots at Foxton
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Date: Fri, 06 Feb 2015 01:32:39 -0500
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Quite a number of banded Godwits and Knots at Foxton Beach.  Photos
attached of Godwit BET and Knot EEE.  Knots also CES, EHD and I think EAE
(not so sure of the last one).  Plenty more that I wasn't able to read.
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Subject: Live seabirds coming ashore in Wellington Harbour
From: "cotterclan AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 20:14:14 -0800
A live fairy prion was found in a residential garden just off Petone Beach this 
morning. It was very alert and active. At 2pm this afternoon, a live shy 
mollymawk came ashore in Lowry Bay, Eastbourne. It was very subdued and tired. 
Both birds have been transported to the Nest, Wellington Zoo for care. No other 
seabirds dead or alive were found on Petone Beach. 

 

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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Galah in Christchurch
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no doubt a cage escape - but 1 Galah flying strongly S to N over Ensors
Rd/Opawa Road intersection 3 days ago.
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Subject: Re: new york hawk
From: "David Riddell & Annette Taylor Number8 AT ihug.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 11:28:35 +1300
That'll be one of Pale Male's descendants!

http://www.palemale.com/


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/review-of-red-tails-in-love-a-wildlife-drama-in-central-park-160843864/?no-ist 


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410416/



On 5/02/2015 9:56 a.m., 'Stephen' stephen11 AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ] wrote:
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> Not a badshot by TV3 presenter David Farrier, in Central Park NY – he 
> was watching a squirrel eat a nut, when a raptor arrived…….
>
> pic.twitter.com/U1g0aoC8T3 
>
> 



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Subject: new york hawk
From: "'Stephen' stephen11 AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 09:56:26 +1300
 

Not a bad shot by TV3 presenter David Farrier, in Central Park NY - he was
watching a squirrel eat a nut, when a raptor arrived...

 

  pic.twitter.com/U1g0aoC8T3

 

 

 
Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Little Black Cormorant at Westlake in Halswell, Chch
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Jan has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Someone once told me this species occurs here and I was sceptical. She was
a local and seemed to have a good idea of everything there. But today while
failing to spot the Franklin's gull among 60 or so assorted R and Bbilled
Gulls, I saw a Little Black Corm. The way it was fishing seemed different
to Little Corm. but I'm still not 100% sure.
Family of Scaup babies there too.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: marsh sandpiper
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That marsh sandpiper is back (2nd Feb) at the north end of Tip Lake (aka
Pleasure Bay Lagoon) on the Invercargill Estuary.  It seemed quite
confiding, as long as the pied stilts kept it company.
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Subject: Black kite Wairau Valley.
From: "Mike & Linden Johnson mglmj AT clear.net.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2015 16:41:22 +1300
We observed a black kite last Thursday 29th January, approx. 10.30am several
kilometres east of the Wash Bridge, approx. 200 metres before a pull- in
area on the LHS of the road near the Wairau River. It was feeding on
something on the ground and took off slowly and cruised along above us along
the nearby cliff face. It was larger and darker than a harrier hawk with
quite a black head and looked different in flight.

 

The mandarin duck is still at St Arnaud, with new non-breeding plumage. It
spends it's time at the southern end of the lake and then back north to the
Kerr Bay area.

Several hundred black billed gulls with juveniles are there at present
resting and trying to avoid the idiots that either drive through them or
throw stones at them. 3 killed.

Linden Johnson.
Subject: Lake Ellesmere Feb 1 2015
From: "'Wratten, Stephen' Steve.Wratten AT lincoln.ac.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 23:55:01 +0000
I braved the hot winds to go  Yarr's Flats and found:


26 wrybill
380 pied stilts
49 immature banded dotterels (no ads., so all gone to Oz I assume)
1 black stilt (no bands evident; a little white on the chin and a few white 
flecks on the mantle; an immature?) 

1 gull-billed tern  -a lovely full adult

No Arctic waders


TTFN

Steve Wratten


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Subject: RE: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Banded black-billed gull.
From: "'David' lawrie AT ps.gen.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Feb 2015 21:44:47 +1300
Clinton,

That Black Billed Gull was banded at Miranda.

Nil – GM is co-hort from the 1997/98 season banded at Miranda (1 of 379), so 
now 17 yrs old 


 

A good find, I hope you gave it an extra piece of bread!!!

David Lawrie

 

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Hello BIRDING-NZ,

Clinton9 has posted an important message at BirdingNZ.net.

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Hi members,
This afternoon I went to feed red-billed gulls, then
adult, juvenile, 1-year-old red-billed gulls came and helped themselves to
kitchen scraps, a adult black-billed gull came to join red-billed gull.
The black-billed gull had two rings on right leg only, plastic green upper
ring and metal lower ring.
Then normally very wary adult Kelp gulls came & joined red-billed gulls.
Juvenile Kelp gulls were flying in air, they were approaching their 6oth
day of age today, hatched on December to January.
These juvenile red-billed gulls were 2 months old and 3 months old today,
hatched on October to November, but I did not seen 11/2 -month old
juveniles that hatched on December.

I am wondered...how old this black-billed gull, with green ring and metal
ring on right leg only ???
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Banded black-billed gull.
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Hi members,
                     This afternoon I went to feed red-billed gulls, then
adult, juvenile, 1-year-old red-billed gulls came and helped themselves to
kitchen scraps, a adult black-billed gull came to join red-billed gull.
The black-billed gull had two rings on right leg only, plastic green upper
ring and metal lower ring.
Then normally very wary adult Kelp gulls came & joined red-billed gulls.
Juvenile Kelp gulls were flying in air, they were approaching their 6oth
day of age today, hatched on December to January.
These juvenile red-billed gulls were 2 months old and 3 months old today,
hatched on October to November, but I did not seen 11/2 -month old
juveniles that hatched on December.

I am wondered...how old this black-billed gull, with green ring and metal
ring on right leg only ???
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Subject: Cats and birds
From: "'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:55:28 +1300
A just published study of impacts of cats on birds in North America just
published in Nature Communications can be downloaded here:

http://www.abcbirds.org/abcprograms/policy/cats/pdf/Loss_et_al_2013.pdf

 

While a study of a 'birdsbesafe' cat collar is available at:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2351989415000050

 

Happy reading

 

David

 

 

 

 

 
Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Great Knot at Miranda
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Apologies if this is not a reportable bird (Still learning the ropes here
in NZ).

I visited Miranda around 430pm and was surprised but pleased to have the
place to myself. Plenty of action to watch and got lucky with a few nice
birds including a GREAT KNOT coming into full alternate plumage (I notice
it wasn't on the Miranda website; hence my posting). I also managed to
eventually pick out the summering BLACK-TAILED GODWIT among the horde of
regulars. A few Curlew and Sharpie Sands, 1 RN Stint, 1 Far Eastern Curlew,
18 golden plovers, 25 turnstone, and well over 1000 wrybill were some other
nice wader counts I thought. The WHITE-WINGED TERN was floating back and
forth between the sea and the stilt ponds and just as I was about to leave
an immature LITTLE TERN came in for a landing.

Happy shorebirding,

Russ Cannings
Cambridge, NZ
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Ohiwa oystercatcher with band + weka
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Today at Ohiwa I saw a variable oystercatcher with a silver leg band on its
left lef and thought someone is possibly interested to know. It has a chick
and was running around me too much to get a sharp close up photo. The best
I got was that the number starts with K-1 and ends in possibly a 3 or 8.
The bird is all black with a white feather on its shoulder on each side. If
I get a chance to go back I'll try for a closer view but no guarantees.

Also, there was a group of weka on the mangroves/mudflats alongside the
Reeves Rd extension, a few kms before Ohiwa itself. Two were poking around
close to the road and 2-3 at the far end.
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Subject: BirdingNZ.net Alert: Red-crowned Kakariki Porirua Scenic Reserve
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A pair of Red-crowned Parakeets at the start of the track at Porirua Scenic
Reserve Rangituhi Crescent, 174 49' 14543"  -41 7' 34.42797.  I have seen
them in this area before.
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Subject: Little Whimbrel at Whatipu
From: "Adrian Riegen riegen AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 23:27:19 +1300
Darryl saw the two Little Whimbrel again in the lagoons at Whatipu on 29 
January if anyone is still interested in seeing them. Morning and evening seems 
to be the best times. Not tide dependant 


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Subject: How the Yellowhammer became a kiwi
From: "'David Melville' david.melville AT xtra.co.nz [BIRDING-NZ]" <BIRDING-NZ-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 20:43:35 +1300
A paper about the introduction of Yellowhammers to New Zealand can be
accessed at:

 

http://neobiota.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=4522

 

Happy reading

 

David