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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 6:54 am
by andrewcrossland
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

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 9:55 am
by Adam C
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?

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:06 am
by andrewcrossland
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...

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:43 am
by Jan
Are you still doing traplines, AC? Thought you were no longer a ranger?

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sun Oct 27, 2019 7:01 pm
by Adam C
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!

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 7:02 pm
by RussCannings
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.

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:30 pm
by Adam C
Yeah, thought that after I posted! The stats for Victoria were waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay higher! :)

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:28 pm
by andrewcrossland
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

Posted: Fri Nov 08, 2019 4:53 pm
by Adam C
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 :)

Adam

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:56 pm
by andrewcrossland
Well, folks many of us have been hoping there'd be some good birds turn up for the final 2 months of the Canterbury big year but I'm sure no-one anticipated the flurry of first class birds that have been found in the last few weeks - Little Stint, Marsh Sand, Black-tailed Godwits, Hudsonian Godwits, Little Tern at Lake Ellesmere; Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Large Sand Plover, Little Egret at the Ashley Estuary.

Its hard to think of another period when the rare birds have lined up so well - maybe the summer of 1983/84 when we had that incredible assemblage of ruff, wilsons phalarope, 11 Black-tailed godwits, little whimbrel, 200+ Red-necked stints, etc at Lake Ellesmere, or back in the early 2000s when we had a run of Whiskered Tern, White-eyed Duck, Chestnut Teal and Chestnut-breasted Shelduck at the Bromley Oxidation Ponds. magic times!!

Along with the Kaikoura pelagic and Travis wetland, these are our most watched sites in Canterbury with visits by perhaps 1 to 5+ people per week, so many birds get seen. There are other sites with good reputations that deserve our attention too ofcourse (Avon-Heathcote estuary, Waipara rivermouth, Washdyke Lagoon, Lake Ki-Wainono; ) and also sites that never seem to get the attention they deserve (Brooklands lagoon, Upper Lyttelton Harbour, Lake Forsyth, Coopers Lagoon, Opihi Rivermouth and lagoons, and pelagics/sea-watches off other parts of the Canterbury coast), so it will be great to see if people can get around some of these sites over the rest of the year and see what is there waiting to be discovered?