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Bird Group

The Omokoroa Bird Group OEMI, would like to request support to enable a “Flight of the Godwits” sign to be placed on the cycle/walkway between Cooney Reserve and Lynleypark. The sign depicts the Tinopai sand bar covered with thousands of Godwits, and the story of their remarkable flight to Alaska, to breed, and then return non-stop to New Zealand.

The sign is to bring knowledge to locals and visitors of their sanctuary here at our estuary, where they feed and rest from September to March. The sign will not only point out a local attraction, but make people mindfully aware, the estuary is home to many birds, and hopefully will encourage care, not to disturb or pollute their habitat.

The Art work is by locals, Colin Pettigrew and photos by Allan Fox.

We are currently awaiting WBOP Council permission, and a location site re: Steven White Allan Fox and I had a meeting with Steven White on 17 Aug 2020, and we are currently awaiting a report from him. The most promising site will be at the Lynley Park end of the cycle way, in front of the newly placed bench seat, before the first boardwalk starts. This position overlooks the Tinopai sand bar, and has room for bikes to pull off and safely view.

The Omokoroa Bird group would like to request funding for the project from OEMI local funds. We would also like to request funding for replacement of Royal Spoonbill sign as it has been badly damaged. Quotes attached.

Many thanks Christina Cleaver

Godwit Linley Park Sign AAAA2

First I understand that Chrissie Cleaver is on board for the  Bird Group. Welcome Chrissie

I don’t have anything to report in the Omokoroa area I thought we might like to understand what is happening in the sub-region.

The Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Forum was formed 10 years ago to coordinate and support care groups in our Forest.

In my role as Regional Councillor for the BOP Regional Council I sort and Council approved $1.5 million over 5 years to assist in pest management in the Forest.

This is a co-governance arrangement between Waikato Regional Council, BOP Regional Council and the Dept. of Conservation. (JAC)

There is further funding that will be used for pest management from the Jobs for Nature Fund.

We are awaiting an announcement from Central Government on this.

I chair the Manaaki Kaimai Mamaku Trust on behalf of the Forum. The Trust has signed off with JAC on  a Document, “Towards a Thriving Kaimai Mamaku Forrest.”This document will be implemented over the next 5 years.

The benefits of pest management on Flora and Fauna is demonstrated by the efforts of Aongatete Trust, The Blade and Puketoke Reserve Group in our Forrest nearby and the resultant increase in bird life and Forrest canopy.

Norm Bruning

During October took children from Point School to viewing platform where we saw 10 different species of birds, tide not really suitable for viewing. A good place to show youngsters birds and hopefully to get some interested in the birds in Omokoroa.

During November on a walk between Beach Grove and the boardwalk at Tinapai (Cooney Reserve) we saw 2,500 Godwits (estimate), South Island Oyster Catcher, Variable Oyster Catcher, Fantail, Yellow Hammer, Heron, Blackbird, Thrush, Starling, Sparrow, Silver Eye, Tui, Pukeko, Welcome Swallow, Magpie, Black Backed Gull, Black Swan, Mallard Duck, Paradise Duck. Also heard but did not see barbary Dove, Shining Cuckoo, Chaffinch, Pheasant, Grey Warbler. A fantastic number of birds heard and seen on one little walk.

The White Tui was seen in Whakamarama again when the Kowhai were in flower. Yellow Hammer and Chaffinch have been hear and seen more often than usual during our walks. Great to see. Heard Shining Cuckoo but found them very difficult to see. Spotted Dove seen quite often in the area around the Country Estate vegetable gardens. Mallard and Paradise Ducks were seen with their chicks. Banded rail seen both in Cooney and the estuary on the golf course with their babies, some of the chicks were getting quite large, so hopefully the number of these will increase. Many Godwits seen feeding out from Precious Reserve.

The NZ Dotterel laid two clutches of eggs at Peach Point, the first washed away by a high tide and the second the three eggs just disappeared, perhaps Black Backed Gulls or other predators. Variable Oyster Catchers also laid two lots of eggs on the spit at Cooney, not sure what happened to the first clutch but the second, once again, washed away by a high tide. A very unsuccessful breeding season for these birds. For a bird watcher very disappointing.

Allan & Wendy

I am no expert on local Bird matter but here are a few observations:

Black Swans on the Tauranga Harbour.
Large flocks are to be seen on the harbour. They are known to migrate between the Harbour and Rotorua and Waikato Lakes. Claims that there are around 7000 swans are doubtful as that figure has been around for a number of years. Observers claim that numbers are increasing and it certainly seems so. A culling swan drive was held early in the year.

A PHD student is currently investigating how swan grazing on seagrass beds impacts the hydrodynamics and sediment transports in the sea grass beds which may lead to a loss of seagrass beds where heavy grazing occurs.

Canadian Geese are also increasing with their damage occurring on land through grazing pasture in Tauranga, particularly Carmichael Reserve which has a large number.

On the positive side the number of Kaka are increasing. It is believed that with Mayor (Tuhua) Island being predator free now and migration between there and the Kaimai, Kaka are increasing. They are spending some of the winter time here certainly in the rural area. We observe them flying over our farm and roosting in the larger trees. I observed a flock of 12 Kaka on our farm.

It would be great if we had an ornithologist reporting to OEMI.

Norm Bruning

A very quiet time in the birding world, although the godwits should be arriving back on our shores in a week or two.

The bird signs were all cleaned this week.

On a trip to Katikati saw 30 spoonbills.

56 Little Black Shags rounding up fish off Precious Reserve.

16 Californian Quail on new walkway at the end of Western Avenue.

There were 2 NZ Dotterel (in breeding colours) at Cooney Reserve. Were hoping they would breed there but have seen dogs on the beach along with a horse and they appear to have disappeared.

2 NZ Dotterel at Peach Point (in breeding colours). Perhaps these birds will have more luck, although on the last two visits have not sited them.

In August 1298 godwits on Tinapai Sandbar.

Murray’s mysterious birds: A pair seen walking across lawn. About the size of a quail or large dove. Black fairly long beak. Greyish brown top. Light brown underneath. One quite a bit redder than other (breeding colours?). As they flew off their wings had a white banc at the end with black tips. Any ideas?