We seem to have lost a bit of momentum on this project over winter. I guess it was to be expected – with more rainy, dreary days, and most of the common birds already crossed off our list, the mission became a bit harder. As we head into spring, it’s easier to feel like adventuring again, and I’m hoping to get our list to 100 birds (or more) by the end of the year.
For now, here are birds #30-40:
30. Grey Warbler – we hear these tiny birds trilling away in our garden every morning. They have such a large, beautiful song for such a small bird.
31. Chaffinch – we see these all over our valley. I love the bright white stripes on their wings.
32. Karearea/NZ Falcon – we saw this beauty out near Martinborough. I hear they’re used on one of the vineyards there for pest control.
33. Spur-Winged Plover – there are lots of these near Martinborough too. They’re really noisy when they get together at night, and remind me of the masked lapwings in Queensland.
34. Pied Shag – we saw a group of these on the shore out at Red Rocks (South Coast). Such a majestic bird.
35. NZ Pipit – we had to check our bird book to find out what this species was. They’re a bit like a skylark but only found in NZ.
36. Dunnock – also at Red Rocks. These are a bit like a sparrow, with different colouring.
37. Goldfinch – we saw a number of these out at Petone Esplanade in the dune vegetation. They have bright red heads and golden wings.
38. Song Thrush – such lovely, timid garden birds. We followed this one out at Pauatahanui Inlet.
39. Pied Stilt – we were dive-bombed by one of these out at the inlet – I think we got a little too close to her nest.
40. Waxeye – these little sweeties love to hang out in the manuka.
We’re going to be doing more exploring and bird watching as the weather gets warmer, so stay tuned for more birds and bird art to come!