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PostPosted: Wed Nov 10, 2004 10:33 pm    Post subject: Kakariki seen at Porirua Scenic Reserve

Tuesday, 9 November 2004, 2:51 pm
Press Release: Greater Wellington Regional Council

9 November 2004 Kakariki seen at Porirua Scenic Reserve

Confirmed sightings of red crowned parakeets (kakariki) at Porirua Scenic Reserve have bird watchers and conservationists excited.

Ornithological Society members spotted a pair of these rare birds on 3 November and Greater Wellington Regional Council staff saw four birds in late October. An unidentified pair was first seen in the reserve in 2001.

“Until these birds were seen, red-crowned parakeets were thought to be extinct on the mainland in the Wellington region,” said Dr Colin Miskelly of Department of Conservation. “The recently sighted kakariki at Porirua are not banded, and it is believed they may have come from Kapiti Island.”

According to Dr Miskelly, kakariki have survived in good numbers on Kapiti Island. “They are the species that benefited most from rat eradication on Kapiti Island in 1996, with approximately four times as many birds counted after rat eradication as before.”

Red-crowned parakeets nest and roost in tree holes, and so are very vulnerable to predators such as rats and stoats. Adults can get trapped in a hole that has a single entrance.

“The fact that these birds have persisted at Porirua Scenic Reserve for over three years is a tribute to effective pest control by Greater Wellington,” said Dr Miskelly.

Greater Wellington began controlling possums in and around the 318-hectare reserve in March 1996, in a programme jointly funded with Porirua City Council. According to Greater Wellington biosecurity officer, Ken Wright, staff originally installed 164 bait stations, using brodifacoum pellets and cyanide as bait to reduce the high possum count.

“Possum numbers are now kept at low levels with three-monthly bait station fills, which has allowed native forest and birds to flourish,” said Mr Wright. “These methods target rats and stoats as well as possums.”

Other reserves in Wellington, Porirua and Hutt cities and the Kapiti district are also possum controlled as part of Greater Wellington’s Key Native Ecosystem (KNE) programme, aimed at protecting and enhancing native plants and animals at selected sites in the region. It is likely that this regional programme to reduce possums has improved the overall health of the bush remnant network for birds to immigrate or colonise through.

Mr Wright said that when the programme started the most common birds were grey warblers, fantails and blackbirds. There were also small numbers of kingfisher, morepork, shining cuckoo, harrier hawks and paradise ducks, a “few kereru (native wood pigeon) and a solitary tui”. There has been a rapid increase in kereru and tui in recent years and bellbirds were spotted in the reserve in 2003, he said. “The resulting recovery of both forest and bird life has exceeded our expectations and we are left wondering what rare native birds will colonise next.”

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 3:36 pm    Post subject: kakariki email

Ill have to Mission out there in my commando gear with my camera and brave the southern gales to get us a wild kakariki pic!
Here is a email i recieved earlier this year.....

Wellingtons kakariki- update
Thu, 11 Mar 2004 10:56:16 +1300

HI Team,
See the note below that went to Raewyn about some sightings of kakariki in
brooklyn. We've been getting a number of reports from around the city of
kakariki sightings, some have been confirmed unbanded, others havent been
checked/seen and could well be our birds from Matiu. Keep your eyes peeled
when roaming the city, all reports are useful.

A couple of other updates in case you havent already heard:

Karori had a pair of unbanded red crowns nesting in the Sanctuary,
unfortunately our nasty southerly killed the chicks before they fledged.

A dead unbanded kakariki was found on Matiu and Rob sent it away for
necropsy at Massey Uni vet dept. Results have just been sent back
confirming the bird had flown into a window and died as a result, but also
noted that it was a immature female less than 6 months old. We've long
suspected one of the transferred "males" was a female (Barry and Sue saw
them mating, a few others suspected nesting behaviour), and we now think
that they may have already breed on the island.

Only one or two birds were ever seen on the island over December and
January, but now 4-6 kakariki have been seen regularly on the island over
the last month, we wonder whether males have been coming and going from
island to mainland, or whether we have a family group out there?

We're planning to do the follow up transfer of mixed sex birds from Kapiti
in late April, we'll be wanting volunteers to help with post-release
monitoring again so keep a few sunny weekends free to visit the island over
winter, we'll get a roster to you soon.

I hope you've all had a good summer and managed to get plenty of birding in
despite the weather.

Take care, Lynn

Hi Raewyn

Over the last couple of weeks I have been seeing a fantastic sight: a
group of Red Crowned Parakeets in the section of town belt below my house on
the eastern side of Brooklyn, as I walk to and from work in the city.
I have been seeing 2 or 3 regulary, but last night saw a total of 5 -
least 2 of which seemed to be smaller than the others. I usually see them
in the late afternoon, but I have seen them in the early morning too.

They were eating fennel seeds in the scrubby bush. Generally they
fairly fast and I haven't been able to see whether they were banded.

Location: In the town belt near Dorking Road, on the asphalt path that
heads north towards Bell Road. The birds were flying between the bigger
trees in the area and the fennel, on either side of the path.
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