There have been a lot of birds around our house in the last few months. I guess the possum poisoning has helped not only native birds. In addition we have a lot of trees and grasses in our garden and nearby.
The other day I saw a couple of dozen birds sitting in lines on the power wires — it’s been a long while since I saw that. The photo here shows one lot of birds on one set of wires, but there was another set on the wires perpendicular to these.
I don’t know what most of the birds round us are. There are quite a few tui, blackbirds and song thrushes, fantails, a couple of kingfishers. The others I haven’t yet identified, small and medium-sized. Some are probably waxeyes and the like, but they are too small and too fast for me to easily study them. Sometimes in the night I hear a morepork.
This morning when I woke I lay listening for several minutes to a beautiful birdsong, right outside the window. I guess it was a blackbird or thrush:
English settlers introduced blackbirds to New Zealand because their song was a nostalgic reminder of English life. Between 1867 and 1879 blackbirds were liberated on the three main islands, where they multiplied rapidly. …
Like the blackbird, thrushes were introduced for sentimental reasons … Since their introduction in the 1860s and 1870s, song thrushes have colonised all major island groups of New Zealand.
You can hear their song on the page I quoted from above. The thrush sounds like the one I heard.