The Great Kereru Count 2018 started yesterday! And so in the morning I climbed up the hill behind the Cottage here at Struan Farm to the trees that border our fence with the neighbour. There are willow and poplar trees here where I almost always see kereru/native woodpigeon in numbers. Sometimes as many as twenty.
Yesterday I counted four. It was a cloudy day and I was late for the morning feed I suspect. But coincidentally I bumped into Mrs. Tiggy-winkle out doing the count as well. She agreed, there were only four in the trees today.
And can I just say that I'm not nearly as far sighted as Mrs. Tiggy-winkle, especially with my contacts in. It's a wonder she saw any kereru at all!