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 particular problem as it may be louder than the wekas’ calls! It is a great chance to meet other like-minded people.  There is always a get together for a debrief afterwards. We meet at the WekaWatch notice board near the Kawakawa Bay dairy. The times vary according to the time of sunset.                                                                                     

2013 Weka Counts

Our annual weka counts took place over several Saturdays last autumn.

  • It was the 8th year for the 11 core count sites behind Kawakawa Bay and Tawhitokino.
  • We were keen to repeat our 2012 surveys of the Richardson property (our new trap line) and Orere Point.
  • We are now getting regular reports of weka, either sightings or calls further south and with enough counters we could even cover Tapapakanga.
  • As the weka expand their reach, our need for counters expands as well.
  • Do encourage friends and colleagues to join us for at least one night; remind them it is a fun social occasion  as well as vital help in the protection of an endangered native bird.
  • All beginners are paired with an experienced counter. Prior experience is not necessary.
  • Usually we meet at the Kawakawa Bay Dairy.

When we do our counts in autumn we may have some cool nights  so we normally take: warm clothes and a back pack, something to sit on, at least one torch, (the LED headlamps are popular) a charged cell phone if you have one, a watch, a pencil, insect repellent, snacks and drinks if you need them.   You will be provided with  a small safety kit on the day. These are great nights and quite an experience to sit in bush and listen for Weka calls.

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