This cheeky stoat was photographed in Grant and Wendy's garden. The next day she visited with her kits. She is still roaming free.
Whisky Line - Peter Hale 8 February
Wayne and I did the line today, 4 rats, 3 stoat and 3 possums.
We were pleased to find most of the Erayz baits still in place with only about 6 needing replacement so it appears mice are not too much of a problem on this line at the moment. All sentinels were changed to the plastic bait clips baited with possum dough.
Wasps numbers were generally low with just a few hotspots in the areas with lots of honeydew. The birds were very quiet probably due to the fact that it is moulting time hence the very scruffy fantails however there were lots of silvereyes accompanied by their noisy demanding fledglings. Sections of the track were covered in white putaputaweta (marble leaf) flowers and we passed one juvenile rata in flower.
Rainbow Line - Russell Chilton 6 February
All DoC 200 and 250 traps in the Rainbow, should have have mouse exclude'r cages fitted now, I also cleared the line with hedgehogs at 5 & 21, rats at 36, mouse at 201, Stoats at 173, 149, & SMb, a Ferret at six mile and possums at 178 M, 173 F, 162 F
Caught nothing in the middle of the run, but I also see that wasp stations have been put out up to six mile, this should should make the run much safer to clear when the bait is put out in the near future.
Total stoats for December / January made 110 for the 2 months, their numbers have dropped thank goodness, but the 3 possums and the ferret gave a surprise..
Rainbow Line - Marg Hunter 18 February
Lovely day, not too hot not too cold and had lunch at the tarn- very pleasant. Drew took the weed eater up and cleared the traps from 83 up so should make easier to check.
Catches were – stoats 87, 130, 133 and 204;possum 83, 164 and Six Mile D Sentinels;HH 92 and Six Mile D; Rat 42
Heard robins along bush edge and had a little tom tit visit when taking possum out of 164 up Ski Field Rd.
Didn’t do Dip Flat as war games were in progress so left them to it.
Whisky Line - Wayne Sowman 17 February
I checked Mt Robert and Speargrass trap lines on Friday 17th .1 hedgehog, 1 possum, 1 rabbit Mt Robert Nil catches Speargrass
Re-baited all Stoat and Possum traps
One robin at no15 Mt Robert Rd -cool to see these in areas I haven't seen before and speaking to other Friends volunteers they are around the Village as well.
Rainbow Line - Marg Hunter 25 February
Drew, myself, Bryce and Carol have just done the Rainbow check. Another lovely day with a small catch -
HH 3, 5, 9, 19;Possum 120 sentinel;Weasel 179;Cat Dip Flat 3.
Lots of bellbirds in the vicinity of #15, the first possum trap, singing their hearts out. Also lots of fantails doing their thing.
Wasps were minimal and no problem on bodies.
Whisky Line - Ross Beale 22 February
Chris and I along with waspers, Drew and Wayne, walked the Whisky line on Wednesday.
Possums 8 (all large mature specimens), mouse 1.
Birdsong, particularly bellbirds prevalent. Fantails, silver eyes and one tomtit observed.
Enjoyable day out.
Certainly plenty of wasps about but less than last year.