Canterbury Big Year

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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby andrewcrossland » Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:54 am

By the way - one of my traps nailed these two little buggers on the edge of the Kaitorete Spit tip mud flats yesterday, only a couple of hundred metres from the stint/sandpiper/wrybill flock.

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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby Adam C » Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:55 am

Great news on the migrants! I know you've posted before Andrew but is access to the end of the spit ok at the moment or is permission required?
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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby andrewcrossland » Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:06 am

Its ok at the moment (lambing appears to have finished). Ofcourse good for all birders if every visitor takes a low profile and (in contrast to trail bike riders, etc), farmers out there get the sense that birders are respectful of the place and are absolutely no trouble - so continue to be welcome...
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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby Jan » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:43 am

Are you still doing traplines, AC? Thought you were no longer a ranger?
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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby Adam C » Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:01 pm

Out of interest I checked up the top 100 for Melbourne recently. I realise Melbourne does actually miss out on a heap of Aussie birds with the species count rocketing up as you travel North but still.....Canterbury isn't a bad place to be!
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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby RussCannings » Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:02 pm

Yep, though I think the Melbourne "county" on ebird is a lot smaller than Canterbury. I could be wrong but I don't think Weribee is even included.
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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby Adam C » Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:30 pm

Yeah, thought that after I posted! The stats for Victoria were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay higher! :)
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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby andrewcrossland » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:28 pm

Hi folks, just a look at how the Canterbury BIG YEAR is shaping up as we enter the final 2 months of 2019.

Over 100 people have submitted ebird lists so far and the tally exceeds 6000 (with Phil Crutchley responsible indvidually for more than 1000 of those). There's been more than 14 thousand hits on the topic in BirdingNZ which is quite an incredible number. As a result of everyone's interest and bird-finding efforts 162 species have been found in Canterbury this year. That's a pretty impressive tally and no doubt more species will be found as summer migrants and seabirds are spotted. The Regional rankings for ebird are currently as follows:

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And so far within Canty 9 birders have found 100 species or more.

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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Postby Adam C » Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:53 pm

Hi all. noticed quite a few reported Bittern sightings in October at hearts creek. As this is one bird thats always avoided me where are people seeing them? In the Raupo around the track to the hide or out in front? I'm 99% sure I saw one flying over the far raupo from the hide last year but it was so distant I cant really count it. Could possibly have been a heron flying in in the low light. Anyway any tips for where to concentrate our search would be great. Love to get this one on my life list yet alone the Canterbury big year list :)

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