The Dabchicks and Scaup who are both endemic birds have been having a late summer flurry of nesting and young. In February we had a pair of Dabchicks build a nest in the tyres at the boat ramp jetty, they laid two legs but unfortunately abandoned the nest. A couple of people have pointed out that no wonder they are a threatened species if they nest in such a busy place.
DOC has asked us to conduct Dabchick counts at Okareka and the Blue Lake again this year. There will be three counts and these will take place from 9th – 17th April. If you would like to assist with counts, trapping or have any suggestions please contact Mike on 3628 376.