Annual Weka Counts: 2015

Annual Weka Counts: 2015

Weka surveys at Kawakawa Bay and Orere Point 2015  by Ian Southey Weka counts to monitor the population at Kawakawa Bay have been carried out since 2005 and this year we carried out the 11th count. The three main counts at Kawakawa Bay were on March 28th, April 11th and 18th, with a final count on May 1st to complete five counts that had been missed on the main counts. Since 2012 we have conducted a single count... Read More | Share it now!

Newsletter June 2014

Newsletter June 2014

In this newsletter: Our secretary resigns The Weka Watch picnic Our AGM and Graeme’s talk 2014 counts Our banded birds and others Our trap lines Talks to kids Farewell to Barbara and thank you. The committee has regretfully accepted Barbara Strong’s resignation from the position of minute’s secretary. Barbara has supported WekaWatch from the start (early 2009) and is the only secretary we have had.... Read More | Share it now!

Annual Weka Counts: 2014

Weka count nights. Several evenings every autumn are given over to counting the weka  mainly in our core area from the boat ramp to Tawhitokino Beach. This has now expanded to include other areas of interest due to identified Weka calls and sightings. These occur around sunset usually on a Saturday night.  Dates and times are posted here on the website .  The counts are weather dependant – wind is a... Read More | Share it now!

Trials, tribulations and triumphs – reintroducing North Island Weka

A summary of the talk given to the WekaWatch AGM on 29th March 2014 Basil and Ann Graeme have always loved weka with their feisty personalities and fascinating behaviour.  In 1989 they had a dream, to reintroduce North Island weka to areas of the mainland where they had been numerous in earlier years but had now disappeared.  It had been thought that the severe decline in their numbers, a 90% loss in the... Read More | Share it now!

Annual Weka Counts: 2013

Weka count nights. Several evenings every autumn are given over to counting the weka  mainly in our core area from the boat ramp to Tawhitokino Beach. This has now expanded to include other areas of interest due to identified Weka calls and sightings. These occur around sunset usually on a Saturday night.  Dates and times are posted here on the website .  The counts are weather dependant – wind is a... Read More | Share it now!

Those Te Papa Road weka babies and other news

B/Y and Y/R – Boy and Yorica –  are being seen most days in Te Papa Road with their latest family, their third for this breeding season.  The juveniles are brown and fluffy and about half the size of their parents.  The ‘teenagers’ from the second family are still around but their father chases them off if he can. Tony Beauchamp was here for three nights over the first 2011 count and was... Read More | Share it now!

A brief report on our AGM

14 members attended our short but interesting AGM on Saturday 9th April.  Chairman Peter King’s report on our activities in 2010 was well received and we reluctantly accepted his decision to resign as chair after 3 years.  We are delighted to welcome Kevin Vaughan as our new chairman and look forward to working with him, especially the ability to tap into his long record of involvement in a variety of... Read More | Share it now!

More chicks in Te Papa Road

Boy (Blue/Yellow) has been seen on more than one occasion with three small chicks, possible about a week old.  This is his scond hatching of the season, having had two chicks earlier with Yellow/Red (Yorica).  Y/R has not been seen with the new family but we can assume she is the other parent. A lone young unbanded bird has been seen in the road at two other properties over the last week;  this could be a... Read More | Share it now!