The recent robin release at Little Windy Hill. From left: Dean
Medland, Rachel Wakefield,
Judy Gilbert, Peter Speck, and Kevin Parsons. Photo: Graham Parker
One of the recently translocated North Island robins from Mokoia Island
has established in my garden and comes daily to be fed a few mealworms.
It has been a long held dream of mine to hear the robinís distinctive
call from my home. Recently he spent a whole afternoon pottering round
the garden after me.
At least two
new pairs have formed at Windy Hill from the Mokoia robins but it will
not be clear how many others have settled in the sanctuary area until
breeding begins in August. Birds have been reported south in Waterfall
Bay and towards Tryphena.
All the birds from Mokoia are banded with a white and metal band on
their right leg with other combinations of colours on their left leg. If
you hear or see what you think is a robin they can be encouraged to come
in close with clapping or calling. Tossing very small twigs out which
mimic worms can sometimes bring them in close enough to read the bands.
These are read from the top of the left leg down, then top of the right
Please contact Judy Gilbert on 306 or Tony Bouzaid on 091 if you think
you have seen or heard a robin in your neighbourhood.