|Kereru on Banks Peninsula|
These mighty birds - half a metre long and weighing over 600g - have a reputation for being clumsy. It's not just that they are noisy fliers, we also see and hear them crashing around in trees, sometimes falling right through the foliage.
|Kereru at Zealandia, using its wings to maneuver|
|Kereru at Nga Manu Sanctuary|
The Great Kereru Count is a citizen science project put in place by the Kiwi Conservation Club, the size of kereru and their unwillingnesss to fly away quickly, certainly makes them easy for children to spot. I regularly saw a couple in my neighbourhood and entered the data in to Thundermaps - see everyone's sightings on the map here.
Today I read about another citizen science project - the Yellowhammer Dialect project. What an intriguing project, researching whether birds in different areas have different dialects. I like their website it makes the project seem easy to participate in. We have a few yellowhammers around here, so I'm already to have a go recording them (when the wind isn't blowing a gale).