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Ross

The Parua Bay Wanderer

Ross hatched in “The Knight’s” nest at Riponui in September 2014 and was 300g in weight when transferred to the Limestone Island kiwi crèche 10 days later. He made himself at home on Limestone until we caught up with him spotlighting one night in February 2018, by then he was 3 and half years old and almost fully grown at 2425g in weight.

Ross starred at our community Backyard Kiwi release at the Parua Bay sports centre March 11 2018. Not only did he win the hearts of the locals he was also filmed as part of a Backyard Kiwi video about the release. He has been named in recognition of the Ross family who gifted the community the use of the land a Parua Bay for our Community and sports centre there.

August 2019

He has settled in at the top of Pepi Road. Activity steady at 11 hours.

August 2019

After a short stint down opposite the Parua Bay boat ramp he has headed back up to the top of Pepi Road. Activity steady at 10 hours

July 2019

After a short stint back down opposite the Parua Bay boat ramp he has headed back up to the top of Pepi Road. Activity steady at 12 hours.

June 2019

Still at the top end of Pepi road in the pampas.  Steady 12 hours activity. Rolf helped me catch this tricky bird for his transmitter change.  He was 2250g and in excellent condition – plenty of tucker for this guy in the wet valley, but no sign of a mate yet.

Ross June 2019

May 2019

Still at the top end of Pepi road.  He is deep in the pampas here with 11 hours nightly activity.

April 2019

Inland from Solomon’s point, at the top end of Pepi road.  He is deep in the pampas here with 11.5 hours nightly activity.

March 2019

Inland from Solomon’s point, at the top end of Pepi road. 11 hours nightly activity.

February 2019

Inland from Solomon’s point, at the top end of Pepi road. 10 hours nightly activity.

January 2019

Inland from Solomon’s point, but now at the top end of Pepi road. 10 hours nightly activity.

December 2018

Inland from Solomon’s point, but now at the top end of Pepi road. Locals at Pepi Road and Te Rongo Road are hearing him or another male kiwi call – still no female yet.  A pair of kiwi are regularly heard slightly further north at Franklin Road so all the hard work of the Kiwi Link groups just north of us is paying off.

November 2018

He has now spent the last 6 months in the area just inland from Solomon’s point, further up Pepi road now. I caught up with him for his 6 monthly band change.  He has fattened up to 2450g (he was 2300g on release in March and 2100g at check in May). His bill has stopped growing at 98.7mm so he is now fully grown and in ready to get on with breeding

Monitored kiwi Ross November 2018

October 2018

He has now spent the last 5 months in the area just inland from Solomon’s point, opposite the boat ramp, his activity is still high – 11 hours per night.

September 2018

He has spent the last 4 months in the area just inland from Solomon’s point, opposite the boat ramp – activity still high – 13 hours per night.

August 2018

He has spent the last 3 months in the area just inland from Solomon’s point, opposite the boat ramp- activity still high – 13 hours per night.

July 2018

He has spent the last 10 weeks in the area just inland from Solomon’s point, opposite the boat ramp – seems pretty settled.

June 2018

In the dense privet stand inland from Solomon’s point. He has been there for over a month now so hope that he has found some kiwi company.

May 2018

After going south, then east he has now headed west! He spent a week or so in the Kohinui Valley (exciting for the Kohinui Landcare group!) and is now in the dense privet stand inland from Solomon’s point. Folks have been hearing him call near Pepi road.

West of Owhiwa road in the Kohinui Valley Landcare area – exciting for them! I checked his transmitter band and gave him a quick health check – all good! He is now 2100g after all his walking. His wanderings are proving to lots of locals  that there are kiwi here and they are are loving having him in their backyard.

 

He has turned up at Owhiwa Road – 3 km to the west.

I lost his signal for a few weeks!

April 2018

8th- He has headed east and is near the bridge on the Pataua south road.

I lost his signal for a few weeks!

April 2018

4th- Ross has moved back towards the Parua Bay village and has settled opposite Darwin at Lamb Road- possibly for another calling competition!

March 2018

23rd- Has made his way down Taraunui road towards Ross road. Exciting stuff for the locals here- he is being heard calling in the evenings.

17th-He has crossed back across the creek and moved north to Ross’s bush block- possibly for a calling competition with local kiwi Darwin, who is nearby at the moment.

2018 March

16th-Ross has crossed the creek at Lamb road and is in the roadside pampas there.

 

13th-He has safely settled into the bush block at the Ross property behind the rugby field.

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