As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Tui chick hailed as Halo project success

A tui chick rescued and rehabilitated as part of a conservation programme aimed at bringing native birds back to Hamilton has been spotted close to where it was released and looking healthy.

The discovery has been hailed as exciting news for Waikato Regional Council's Hamilton Halo project, which is attempting to increase the survival rate of tui chicks at key breeding sites in the city.

The tui was one of three chicks rescued after being thrown from their nest in Glenview in November last year.

Therese Balvert, a biodiversity officer at the council, said it was an exciting discovery.''It's great news that at least one of these birds has survived and is doing well. It's also encouraging that this tui has apparently stayed local to where it was released.''

Bird rescue expert Bill Smith reared the trio at his home in Taupiri before they were released in December last year.

Last week, Waikato Regional Council received a photo of a banded tui in Fitzroy and were able to identify it was one of the rescued birds.

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