Why are we doing this?

The Wairaurahiri Jet Predator Trapping programme was setup in 2006 by Johan and Joyce to help arrest the continuous decline of our native birds. The once “millions and millions” of birds have been decimated, mostly as a result of the on-going predation by non-native rats and stoats.

We need your help to monitor this area’s bird life. You can also sponsor a trap which will help us maintain and grow the current schemes. You will  see our humane traps beside the track, please leave them to do their job.

So What can you do?

Record the birds you see while on the Wairaurahiri River, Hump Ridge or South Coast Tracks. Use the tear-off portion in the provided booklet to record your sightings and get the results back to us at Wairuarahiri Jet or via the Hump Ridge Track office.

You can also record your sightings on this page if you fully load the page before going out of mobile coverage you will still be able to interact with the numbers for each bird. Once you reach connectivity again you can submit your results by filling in your details at the bottom of the screen.

Birdlife of New Zealand App

UpsideKiwi has created a nice app that allows you to hear some of the bird songs and find out more about our natives.

The Results

So you've submitted your results now what? All results are checked before being released on the result page so keep an eye or two on them using the button below.

Less likely to see

These birds would at one time have been abundant. They are now either endangered or occasional visitors from outside the area. Some, like the falcon, are doing well in other areas but struggle here as predators alter their habitat.

22. Kea

23. Kaka

24. NZ Falcon

25. Parakeet

26. Little Blue Penguin

27. Fiordland Crested Penguin

28. Variable Oystercatcher

29. Rifleman

30. Mohua / Yellowhead

31. Shining Cuckoo

32. Long-Tailed Cuckoo

Not likely... but maybe

These birds are low in numbers in this area. In the case of the rook and Magpie, that’s a good thing...real bad news for the others though. Once common, the kakapo is one of the world’s rarest birds with just over 100 alive, while the south island kokako is now thought to be extinct.

Without these guys the word would be a poorer place, and we don’t fully understand their place within the habitats they frequent. Hopefully in time and with good luck we can rid New Zealand of the introduced pests and once more some of these birds can be common.

33. Rook

34. Magpie

35. Blue Duck

36. Kakapo

37. Weka

38. Little Brown Kiwi

39. S.I. Kokako

Most Likely to See

You are most likely to see these guys. Some are river and bush-based while others prefer the sea. Although some are common they still need protecting from human-introduced pests. Others are rarer but can still be found in good numbers in this area. You can help keep it that way.

1. Robin

2. Tui

3. Chaffinch

4. Yellowhammer

5. Fantail

6. House Sparrow

7. Brown Creeper

8. Tomtit

9. Bell bird

10. Paradise Duck

11. Scaup

12. Silver Eye

13. Morepork

14. Grey Warbler

15. Native Pidgeon

16. Little Black Shag

17. Cormorant

18. Little Shag

19. Black-backed Gull

20. Red-Billed Gull

21. Black-Billed Gull

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