585 days ago

Ngaio Bird Count Saturday 8 June results

Jeremy Bloomfield from Predator Free Ngaio

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.

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