April 15th, 2011
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 successful in banding some more of the unbanded birds in Te Papa Road, bringing the total of new band combinations for us to watch for to 6 (5 of these juveniles from this season), and the grand total of banded birds to 18. Of those banded a year ago about 6 have wandered off and are no longer being seen. We are keen to hear of any weka with coloured leg bands being seen anywhere in the Kawakawa Bay area.
Two reliable reports from the wider area.
A weka crossing the Kawakawa Orere Road close to Cashmores Number 1 Bridge.
A couple from Orere Point whio have had a weka in their garden, and so know what they are looking at, saw two groups of weka totalling 6 birds near the second cattle stop on the raod into Tapapakanga Regional Park, at about 1.30 p.m. has anyone else seen thses birds??
April 15th, 2011
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 other conservation groups. The AGM was followed by another successful weka count on a perfect windless autumn evening.
March 31st, 2011
Boy (M-BY) and Yorica (YR-M) were seen today, March 31st, with their third brood of 3 chicks, fluffy , black and gangly legs, perhaps abpout 2 weeks old.
They have already raised two families since spring 2010! What a fantastic pair! Will add photos if we can.
February 1st, 2011
Tony Beauchamp has been here and has banded two juvenile weka in Te papa Road. The young female is Barbara, Blue over White-metal (BW-M) and has been seen with Bully (M-BG) who up until now had been one of the lone males. They are duetting from time to time which is good news. The second new bird is a young male M-WW White over White, which our house guests decided should be called Albino or Albie for short. He is roaming around the lower part of Te Papa Road.
The chicks reported earlier now seem to be down to one in number, seen as recently as this last weekend 30th January being fed worms by Boy (m-BY). A photo of this chick in the photo gallery.
January 4th, 2011
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 juvenile from one of the two early hatchings in the road.
December 16th, 2010
We are very excited about our logo which was developed for us by the Howick College Art Club under the guidance of teacher Lars Gabel.