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Rock Pipits in Christchurch Harbour - by Kevin Sayer

There are 2 races of Rock Pipit to be found within the CHOG recording area. The scandinavian race littoralis and the nominate race petrosus . An article on the identification of these races can be found here . In order to study these birds in more detail I was asked to attempt to trap these birds and attach colour-rings. This would then allow both survival rates and site fidelity to be assessed.

Several attempts have been made over the winter 2008/9 to catch these birds but conditions have not been in our favour and we have so far failed to trap any.

Further attempts will be made in the future and the News page will carry full details.