Bird Count

The entire Okura Bush Walkway consists of coastal broadleaf and kauri forests, a beach, and the globally rare coastal land formation known as Cheneirs.

Volunteers and landowners are putting a lot of effort into protecting and restoring our local native taonga. Monitoring is a commonly used method to indicate if these efforts are helping and helps give us an idea of what more needs to be done.

Volunteer and ornithologist Bernard Michaux keeps track of the shorebird species -visiting the Okura Sandpit, Karepiro Beach and the Stillwater Cheniers thoughout different times of the year and keeping an eye on nesting success during breeding season. His wonderful reports can be read on our Home Page.

Prior to the rahui placed on Okura Bush itself we have previously undertaken bird counts to get an idea of bird species present within this habitat too. The list below is what has been noted prior to the rahui. If you want to learn more about these birds visit:

Blackbird / Manu pango
California quail / Tikaokao
Chaffinch / Pahirini
Eastern Rosella / Kākā uhi whero
Fantail / Piwakawaka
Goldfinch / Kōurarini
Grey Warbler / Riroriro
Kereru / Wood Pidgeon
Kingfisher / Kōtare
Morepork / Ruru
Myna, Indian / Maina
Pheasant / Peihana
Shining Cuckoo / Pipiwharauroa
Silver eye / Tauhou
Skylark / Kairaka
Spur-wing plover /
Tomtit / Tauhou
Tui / Tūī
White faced heron / Matuku

Tomtit photo by Geoff Reid – not seen on count day

Can you help?

If you would like to be involved in future bird counts please contact us

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