Fwd: [BIRDING-NZ] M.V. Rena grim statistics

Subject: Fwd: [BIRDING-NZ] M.V. Rena grim statistics
From: "Colin R" <>
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2011 12:18:41 +1000
For those who may be interested,,,

To: "Birding NZ" <>
Cc: "'Colin Miskelly'" <>,
 "'Alan Tennyson'"
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 20:59:05 +1300
Subject: [BIRDING-NZ] M.V. Rena grim statistics

I have been helping with identification of dead oiled sea birds
for the last
2 days. This included birds recovered on 11-13 October up to mid
Note that this was not a straightforward task in the many cases
where no
plumage coloration was discernible.
The first 801 birds identified were:
Mallard/hybrid duck 2
Little penguin 20
Antipodean wandering albatross 1
White-capped mollymawk 1
Northern giant petrel 2
Cape petrel 4
Grey-faced petrel 1
Mottled petrel 1
Antarctic prion 3
Fairy prion 12
Blue petrel 13 (perhaps the most surprising species to be
affected at all,
let alone 13 of them)
Buller's shearwater 92
Flesh-footed shearwater 3
Sooty shearwater 13
Fluttering shearwater 198
Little shearwater 15
Common diving petrel 358
White-faced storm petrel 38
Australasian gannet 7
Pied shag 4
Little black shag 1
Spotted shag 2
Pukeko 1
Bar-tailed godwit 1
Variable oystercatcher 1
Rock pigeon 3
Tui 1
Australian magpie 1
Blackbird 1
Starling 2
No banded birds were noticed.
Karen Baird, Sandy Bartle and Alan Tennyson between them will
split the
seabird identification over the next 5 days, after which I may
assist again
if required.
Colin Miskelly
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