Martyn Wright Road Field Day Photos

Here we are at Hiedie and Brian Morgan’s house getting Instructions for the morning session and discussing the techniques to be followed. Andrew Sinclair in red jacket and Garrick McCarthy with sunglasses on his head.




Just remember where this tag is, we need to find it on Saturday!





These pictures below show the bird monitoring in progress on Bruce and Gaylene Taylor’s property. We were also enthralled with the large size of the trees on all these properties.
We thought we heard a shining cuckoo and did hear a Kaka, but both bird remained unseen. Lots of pigeons and the odd Tui.  We all know the call and appearance of a grey warbler

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Thank you to all host, Heidi and Brian Morgan, Gaylene and Bruce Taylor, Mrs Rosemary Eden and the Mason family.
Competition of the week, what is the weed’s name in this photo.  Control at least three sprays with Grazon, according to Stewart from Franklin Council.
Just add your answer to the comments section below.
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Hunters Road field trip 25-7-10

We had a total of 17 interested persons turn out for the perfect day at the Hunters Road reserve car park.
And what an interesting bunch of keen folk who turned up.
A guy from Pukekohe who is very experienced in south island possum trapping and monitoring, GPS and  who is willing to help map all our bird monitoring stations.
And some of the keen folk who could not make the Martyn Wright Road Field day on the previous Tuesday, those folk wish to learn.


The whole day had been ably planned by Dave Puflett and Andrew Sinclair and we were to visit four properties, which included the Hunters Bush Reserve, Lyn and Dave Hickey’s block that neighbours the reserve, Ian Laing’s and the Atkinson block, Gallagher’s Bush and Peter Hardy’s block (formerly a quarry that closed in 1928).
The major work done was bird monitoring, setting up some bait stations and working out the challenges these land owners face.

The picture below shows the team discussing  and debating the type of tree the bait station has been fastened to, which was agreed later as a Pukatea.
There is no use coming on a field trip unless you are prepared to learn and good debate enhances the learning experience.
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The weather was perfect.
The standards of the bush blocks did vary. In some weed control was very good but it was noted that our number one enemy woolly nightshade was creating a few problems. as you can see below. We saw some minor infestations such as these and some really bad infestations of nightshade with gorse.

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We finished just before lunch with muffins and banana cake at Peter Hardy’s unique bush block. Many thanks for your efforts Gaylene, the food was great.
Peter’s block was formerly a rock quarry that closed in 1928, so the bush is mostly regrowth, and is great. He has tracked it and also killed some exotic pine trees.
He is managing the gorse and woolly nightshade extremely well. And this block is right on the edge of Patumahoe village.

I am sure everybody enjoyed the day and this field trip. Thank you to the landowners who permitted us on their properties.