New Zealand pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) presence and breeding status using car and walk surveys near Whangarei, New Zealand
|Title||New Zealand pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) presence and breeding status using car and walk surveys near Whangarei, New Zealand|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Type of Article||Full article|
|Keywords||breeding season, census, indices, New Zealand pipit|
Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae) numbers and distribution were assessed at 7 sites near Whangarei, Northland. Foot surveys located significantly more pipits than car surveys at my study site on Ormiston Road. Car-based surveys identified Ormiston Road as a pipit site 88% of the time in summer, and other subsequent car surveys recorded pipits at rates of 0.06 - 0.07 birds/km on Whangarei roads. Calling and breeding behaviours commenced in August but no fledged young were seen before January. Monitored pairs fledged between 0 and 1 young per pair between 1999-00 and 2002-03. Pipits were generally recorded during the breeding season at densities of less than 1.6 birds/km, but up to 16.7 birds/km post breeding.