Exploring the Borland area you can encounter over 45 different bird species. This includes waterfowl, finches, owls, cuckoos, the occasional kaka and falcon and a healthy population of smaller bush birds.
Friendly robins are common in the beech forest, and along the nature walk you might see riflemen, tomtits, fantails, brown creepers, grey warblers and parakeets. There is a small mohua (yellowhead) population in the forest, one of the few remaining in New Zealand.
A warm spring Borland day can be quite noisy. You might pick out the notes of the bellbirds, the tuneful robin, the warble of a distant magpie, the twitter of a chaffinch and in the evening the call of the morepork. Pipits and the occasional kea inhabit the higher areas.
The Borland River and Pig Creek support trout, eels, cockabullies and a wide variety of insect life. In the summer the forest is alive with the buzz and chirp of busy insects helping to recycle the forest and small brown frogs call on wet evenings.
Keen to find out more about Southland Birds?
Join the "Birds at Borland" course based at Borland Lodge. This weekend course led by Lloyd Esler is suitable for all ages and usually runs in early October.
Course costs includes a copy of the laminated 'Birds of Southland' sheet.
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