• All birds, like us, rest and sleep. This period of inactivity is called roosting.

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Jan 16th, 2017
  • Happy New Year!  As it is a brand new year, I thought I would start by reflecting on the backyard bird monitoring data collected during the past 5 years. A total of 49 different bird species were recorded during the 1402 garden surveys conducted between January 2009 and December 2013. The top 24 species were as follows:

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Jan 17th, 2014
  • Kaka Nestor meridionalis

    At present the kaka is a bird you are unlikely to encounter in your garden, but watch this space...

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Aug 16th, 2013
  • White-fronted Tern

    Sterna striata

    Maori name: Tara

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Jun 27th, 2013
  • New Zealand Birds Online - the digital encyclopedia of New Zealand Birds http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/ 
    This excellent new website could be all the help you need to recognise the difference between a titipounamu and a kererū! 

    By webmaster on Jun 5th, 2013

    Pied Shag

    Phalacrocorax varius varius

    Maori name: Kāruhiruhi

    A little over a year ago, I wrote about the Little Shag and, by extension, shags in general. (See April 2012’s Bird Watch). The Pied and Black shags were mentioned as two other species that live in the Nelson area.  My son spotted these Pied Shags in the Haven and found them very willing to be photographed.

    By Katherine Chamberlain on May 14th, 2013

    Their physical differences are subtle; the NZ pipit is more slender, has a thinner beak and a thicker white stripe across the top of each eye than the skylark. The two species are more easily distinguished by their behavior. See below for a summary of their similarities and differences.


    NZ Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae)

    Skylark (Alauda arvensis)

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Apr 5th, 2013
  • Pied Stilt

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Jan 13th, 2013
  • Tomtit

    Petroica macrocephala

    If you were to genetically engineer a bird for cuteness, you would be hard pressed to outdo the tomtit. 

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Dec 13th, 2012
  • Variable Oystercatcher
    Haematopus unicolor

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Nov 14th, 2012