Despite a gale blowing today, we visited Nicholson Rocks along Kentucky Road but the real excitement was had at a set of cattle yards on the way there. They were situated on a north-south ridge and, with the wind from the west at 44-60 kph, the eastern side behind some well placed manuka provided excellent shelter for a heap of small birds seeking insects and seeds from a well eaten out and poo-covered paddock. John and Marg had visited the spot before and knew what we would find. We were so impressed, we stopped again on the way home.
Mrs Scarlet Robin
Mr Scarlet Robin
Other species seen but not successfully photographed were Tree Martin, Welcome Swallow, Yellow-rumped Hornbill, Willie Wagtail, Yellow Hornbill, Buff-rumped Thornbill and Dusky Woodswallow.