Tina Nicholson

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  • in reply to: Over wintering sites #44986

    Tina Nicholson
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    Hello Jacqui

    We don’t know too much about the monarchs up here but are starting to build a better picture. Only really started this season after my youngest daughter’s(one of six) teacher was asking about the Hodges park butterflies when they walked up there from school on a trip and we let her know the history of them. We then decided to check if it was recognised anywhere, and it wasn’t, so have now made it known. We are also looking at another possible site on the Kamo-Tikipunga by-pass, hopefully we are not too late to confirm this as a over-winter site also. There was also a historic sighting of butterflies in parua bay, but there was no description where it was located. If that was a over winter site that could be monitored to. Whangarei seems to have a lot of smaller clusters which seems to harbour quite a healthy population. If you want to meet up and catch the last of the over-wintering butterflies that could be arranged.

    Tina

    in reply to: Midwinter nectar #44819

    Tina Nicholson
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    Hello
    The shrub – with small white chains of flowers

    in reply to: Midwinter nectar #44815

    Tina Nicholson
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    Kohekohe and Lilly of the valley seem to be favourites for the overwintering butterflies up here that I’ve observed so far.

    in reply to: Whangarei over-winter site. #44814

    Tina Nicholson
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    Jacqui – Hello again,

    The Hodges park site seems to be holding numbers quite well despite the bad weather we have had. Tagging today was quite productive getting quite a few when they come down to feed. But not getting a lot of females – mostly males. The other site in the central city I was alerted to by family member who works for recreational services and looks after caffler park seems to be a good site as they come down and settle on Lilly of the valley shrubs, again not many females tagged. The Onerahi site that was recorded earlier in July has quite a few butterflies but high up – have not attempted to tag there yet.
    There maybe another site in tikipunga that we drove past a saw a number of butterflies flying round – will have a look at this in next few days. Small clustering sites maybe the norm up here (100-1000). is this a trend?

    Tina

    in reply to: Whangarei over-winter site. #44751

    Tina Nicholson
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    Hello Jacqui

    Managed to get 3 good condition butterflies tagged today despite the bad weather. Will try again to get a few more tagged this week. Noticed there was a cluster in onerahi somewhere, is any tagging being done there?? may as well try and catch the over-wintering ones as much as possible before they depart. I have photos from last week and this week of hodges park for the database if you want.

    Tina

    in reply to: Whangarei over-winter site. #44718

    Tina Nicholson
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    Hello Jacqui

    We are going there tomorrow to check out the numbers, especially after the frosts we have had up here the last couple of days. If there are still good numbers then yes tagging can be an option. They do come quite low to feed on the flowers and seem in reasonably good condition.

    Tina

    in reply to: Whangarei over-winter site. #44659

    Tina Nicholson
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    Hello

    It worked with a different computer. Didn’t like the desktop (IE) the laptop worked and was using chrome as the browser, worked perfectly fine. Ive updated last week and today. Will send pics – have some good ones.

    Thanks
    Tina

    in reply to: Whangarei over-winter site. #44653

    Tina Nicholson
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    Hello,

    I have tried to add this but it still wont take it, I’ve tried 12,13 moehau rd and also 24 ford ave which are the houses next to the walkways which enter the park but it keeps asking for more specific address details. Hodges park is actually listed as “14 moehau rd” but that wont take either. I cant get into the lat/long details to add it as specific as possible. Maybe I’m doing something wrong?
    But as an update the butterflies seem to be gaining in numbers and clustering in different trees dependent on wind and weather. They are feeding on the native flowers available. Have taken good pictures from last week and today.

    Tina.

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