10 waxeyes (aka silvereye, tahou)
It's that time of the year again Kiwis, to count the birds in your garden! Just for one hour, sometime this week. Here is all the info at the Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua web site:
Including a beautiful downloadable identification chart with pictures of the most common 'native' and 'introduced' birds.
There's an option for online data entry.
The New Tabby is a keen bird watcher and is all for counting the birds. We do all we can to make sure he leaves it at that, including restricting his hours outside and always putting a noisy collar on him when he does go out. We have had to stop our habit of feeding the wild birds because it just makes them sitting ducks for his attention.
Schroedinger has also been observed climbing into a large tree to drag the Tabby down off the lower branches, trying to discourage puss from heading higher where the birds hang out.