Reports of bird sightings urged


Waikato people are being encouraged to report sightings of certain native birds on an updated web page launched to coincide with Conservation Week, this week.

Have you seen kereru (pictured) or kaka in your neighbourhood?

Waikato Regional Council has previously had a facility for people to report tui and bellbird sightings as part of the Halo project controlling pests at tui breeding sites around Hamilton. There have been significant increases in reported tui sightings since the project began, including in Tamahere.

Now, for Conservation Week, the council has established an updated page on its website so that people are also able to report sightings of kaka and kereru, said biosecurity group manager John Simmons.

“We are getting increasing anecdotal reports of kaka and kereru in Hamilton, which is a very healthy sign for the city’s biodiversity.

“The council is asking people to report sightings of these birds around the region so we can get a better idea of numbers and where they are.”

The web page for reporting sightings is here.

Images of kereru can be seen here and kaka can be seen here.

Meanwhile, to acknowledge your favourite native bird you can vote in Forest and Bird’s annual Bird of the Year poll here.

2 thoughts on “Reports of bird sightings urged

  • September 15, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Do you know of anyone interested in sightings of tagged tui, I’m west of Hamilton near Whatawhata. I’ve filled in the sighting form on Hamilton Halo but they only have firlds for tagged bellbirds.

    Many thanks kind regards


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