“I thought I imagined things”: New Zealand readers get acquainted with urban birds

urban forest To attract native birds to New Zealand cities by helping residents to keep in touch with their furry friends and show more interest in their protection.

A new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology found that reforestation of indigenous forests in cities has already restored native birds, and a Wellington Council report in April 2021 found a measurable halo effect in 225 acres of municipal eco-reserve 10 minutes from downtown Zealand. . about bird communities. Local forests all over the city.

However, Wellington is not the only city center to see an increase in the number of birds – readers of The Guardian in New Zealand shared their observations * from all over the country.

Here are some of our favorites:

“Bird life here has increased exponentially due to the red habitat in Christchurch, Ottawa. More than 1,500 hectares of land began to be rebuilt within a decade after the earthquakes. We are also lucky to have Hagley Park, a 400-square-meter park in the city center.

The number of pupae has increased significantly. I also saw more karearea (original hawk), tauhou (wax eyes) and kereru. Cheeky Piwakawaka is one of my favorites. They are not afraid of people and dogs, they move where insects are disturbed and go out to catch them. They go to the red and follow us, mostly in pairs.

Kiro NZ or forest pigeon. Readers have found increasing numbers in the Christchurch Red Zone. Photography: Photography Steve Clancy / Getty Images

I try to keep feeding areas safe and use contraceptives like lemon peel for cats. With the development of construction on the outskirts of our city, I noticed a lot of cats around. We recently ran for a week, and since then the bird life in the yard has almost disappeared. According to some friends, cats can take control when there are no people around and all the birds are scared.
Gina Payne, tautahi / Christchurch

“I definitely feel that given the fact that I’ve lived in the same city for the last few years, I thought I could imagine different things. There are more birds. My partner was sitting upright in the early hours of the morning, and I swear he could hear the gray bird, and we would never get these kids out of here. It happens a lot now, it’s a bit of an event, and it says a lot!

Having close encounters with rare birds in the past is no longer remarkable, and it is difficult to say whether the situation has improved or stabilized.

When we think of planting new trees, we think of bird life. The risk of feeding wild birds the wrong or very right thing is increasingly being assessed, so giving them a good mix of native plants seems to be the best approach.
Pochi Velasquez, tautahi / Christchurch

“[There has been] A huge increase in native birds since the arrival of New Zealand. Kaka steps around the roof barrier, he doesn’t even leave when we get out of the roof; Kaka sits by the pool and looks at my husband’s glass of pomegranate juice (good for the prostate) and finally bends down to dip his beak in the juice. twice. Then he drank – my husband, that is.

Mousetrap is active in Wellington with local coordination and voluntary reporting. Many people volunteer for Zealand in their spare time – it’s hard to get volunteers involved in other charities! “
Frances Blythe, Beneke / Wellington

“We live in the village of Rangitikei and our garden is full of birds – tuī, kereru, piwakawaka, bluebells and sometimes kingfishers [kōtare]. It often happens that kahoe crawls over our heads.

Kaka at the Zealand Environmental Reserve in Wellington. Photo: Xinhua / Rex / Shutterstock

In the middle of summer we have many old plum trees full of fruit. Kiri came in groups of three or four, mocking the fruit from top to bottom. We have Jack Russell, a giant carrot, who is very excited about the possibility of dinner when he falls on an incredibly small branch above where he can reach, fills with fruit, urinates, and gets into another misfortune among the branches full of other fruits.
Andy McIver, Torakina, Rangitiki

“I live on Waiheke Island, a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. It is very densely populated and the population is growing every year, putting more and more pressure on the environment. However, reforestation and pest control are strongly supported. Therefore, the life of birds has increased dramatically in recent years. Te Korowai o Waiheke is a project aimed at turning Waiheke into the world’s first urban predatory island. The first stage was to get rid of the European lobsters on the island, and the second stage was the use of different methods in the fight against rats. The removal of cats (domestic and wild) from the island is still unknown, but it really needs to be done to get rid of predators …

The male steppe (Notiomystis cincta), known as Hihi Maori, is located on the island of Tiritiri Matangi.
The sparrow, also known as the Maori, hihi, succeeded in Zealand. Photos: Ciemny Koń / Alami

We were proud that our patriarch regularly visited our garden. The number of these domestic ducks is less than 2,500 and is rarer than that of the kiwi. Captive breeding helped increase the numbers, but the man was born in the wild and moved to the island because he was not labeled. Another sign that predator control is working. He has an amazing personality, is very territorial – despite being half his size, he will run at full speed in the park to chase any opponent.
Uncharted, Waiheke Island, Tobacco Makaurao / Auckland

The Orokonui Ecological Reserve near the Dunedin has proven to be a haven for birds seeking safe breeding grounds for predators to expand throughout the city. I see and hear calls regularly [and] kereru.

Just at the beginning of my steps, the tops of my clover tree are at eye level, and it is not uncommon for a pair of caterpillars to happily feed at a distance of less than a meter. I will look a lot and see passers-by who also enjoy the scenery. ”
Larry White, Vakari, Otibuti / Dunedin

* Edited for length and clarity.

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