Monday, 25 November 2013

REPORT ON BIRD BANDING AT ILUKA NATURE RESERVE 12-14/10/13

          

Banders:  Greg Clancy and Bill Greenlees

Assistants/Visitors: Val Clancy, Kath Southwell, Kirsten Wallis, Paul O’Callaghan, Bill O’Donnell, Brent Smith.

Banding was carried out at the northern end of the Nature Reserve, off the Iluka Bluff Road, on 12 & 13 October and at the southern end, off Long Street, on October 14.

Fifty-six birds were mist netted over the three day survey.  Three were retraps, having been banded previously, and fifty-three were banded as first time captures.


 
                                 
                                                    Adult male Regent Bowerbird
 
 
The results are shown in the table below.

 

SPECIES
12/10/2013
13/10/2013
14/10/2013
TOTALS
 
Banded Retrap
Banded Retrap
Banded Retrap
Banded Retrap
Rufous Fantail
     1          0
      4         0
     3          0
    8          0
Spectacled Monarch
    
     1          0
     
      1         0
    
     2          0
 
     4         0
Eastern Yellow Robin
    
     4          0
     
      3         0
    
     1          0
 
     8         0
Golden Whistler
 
     1          0
 
      1         1
 
     0          0
 
     2         1
Australasian Figbird
 
     1          0
 
      0         0
 
     2          0
 
     3         0
Large-billed Scrubwren
 
     1          0
 
      0         0
 
     1          1
 
     2         1
Lewin’s Honeyeater
 
     1          0
 
    10         0
 
     6          1
 
   17         1
Regent Bowerbird
 
     1          0
 
       2        0
 
     5          0
 
      8        0
Pied Currawong
 
     0          0
 
      0         0
 
     1          0
 
      1        0
TOTALS
   11          0
    21         1
   21          2
    53        3

 

All species trapped were ones that are regularly banded at the site, including some very colourful species such as the Rufous Fantail, Spectacled Monarch and Regent Bowerbird.  The site is an important one for the uncommon Bowerbird and the eight Bowerbirds banded during the survey constituted the largest number of the species caught at the site for some years.

 
Adult Spectacled Monarch
 
 


The three retraps comprised one Golden Whistler banded on October 12 and retrapped on October 13, one Large-billed Scrubwren and one Lewin’s Honeyeater.  Their banding and retrap details are as follows:
      

Large-billed Scrubwren  019-62882.  Banded (2+) on 05 May 2009.

            Retrapped on 14 Oct. 2013, over 4 years 5 months after banding.

Lewin’s Honeyeater 042-05659 Banded as 1+ male by Anthony Overs on 05

May 2009.  Retrapped by Greg on 14 Oct. 2013, nearly over 4 years 5

months after banding.



Interesting observations were of at least two White-eared Monarchs on all days.  Rose-crowned Fruit-Doves were heard each day.


Adult Rufous Fantail

 

 
 

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