A big thank you to all those who took part. These are the numbers reporting sighting(s)of the following species::
10am 21 people took part: Fantails 6 Kereru 0 Kakariki 0
4pm 22 people took part: Fantails 6 Kereru 1 Kakariki 1
Fantails seem to be pretty consistent for this time of year apart from June 2018 when 4pm numbers were down. It’s great to see reasonable numbers, however fantails are not considered to be a reliable indicator (of the levels of predation) species.
Kereru are an indicator species. Their numbers have tended to be low in June (winter) over the past few years, with most sightings occurring in spring and summer. Unusually none at all were sighted at 10am this time. What do you think? Are you also noticing numbers generally down this year?
Kakariki are also an indicator species. Encouragingly, sightings have occurred with more frequency over the past year. This time the one sighting was of three present in one backyard at the same time. All have been either spring or winter which perhaps reflects availability of food specific to their diet at that time of year.
Our next bird count will be on Saturday 8 September.
Have you been to Baring Head? If not, you can check out the historic lighthouse, in the East Harbour Regional Park, this Saturday at 10am.
Greater Wellington is holding an open day and all are welcome.
It is not Friday but this is to introduce you to a new photographer, Andrew Gorrie. He lives in Kelson and takes most of his photographs from his deck. Andrew is an ex Stuff photographer.
His favourite subject is the magnificent tui
Is $750 to rent a three bedroom home in Wellington affordable?
The Wellington City Council opened expressions of interest last Monday for 52 apartments on Willis St. Eight days on, 230 people have put their name forward.
Te Kāinga Aroha apartments are a joint project between the council and The Wellington Company and saw office space in the former Freemasons building converted into apartments. Rents start at $410 for a one-bedroom apartment, $580 for two bedrooms, and $750 for three bedrooms.