Tuis at Christmas time

In the week or so preceding Christmas the majority of the Tuis disappeared. This is a pattern I have observed in past years. The Sugar water feeder did not require refilling for two days. Food supplies may be very abundant perhaps and with warm, dry weather the need for extra “fast food” could well diminish.
However on wet days or cold, windy days who should pop back but the Tuis…..wise birds with good memories.
The other possibility is that the Manuka flowers at this time of the year, so yet another addition to their food supply. This year, like so many other natives, it has been a prolific flowering season for Manuka.
Today the weather has been hot, humid and rainy. Late this afternoon these two appeared and flirted and flitted between the feeder, the white tulip flowered Magnolia and the flowering Pohutukawas across the road.DSCF6071

There was much puffery which I have learnt can precede some afternoon delight and very enthusiastic singing at each other as only Tui can.
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It is lively and loud song but does not prohibit branch hopping and acrobatics all at the same time and then gone!!
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Flying off and away.

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14 thoughts on “Tuis at Christmas time

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      It seems to be a mutual development to a degree which is fun. People have managed to train Tui to parrot words and tunes etc.
      The other thing I have been playing with is the photo features on Windows 8!!! Cropping is helpful to featuring the subjects!

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      1. ordinarygood Post author

        It could work. They certainly listen if you whistle or speak to them. Hmmm Windows 8 was a merry dance to learn earlier this year but my old laptop was really chugging so an upgrade it was…

    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Thanks. Fingers crossed for NY being a happy time after flu disrupted Xmas plans, a birthday and in the past 24 hours our eldest family member being hospitalised….life rocks and rolls on.
      Your puppy looks a lovely roly poly ball of energy and fun!!! Happy times with him:-)

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      1. ordinarygood Post author

        Better news re the elder although they are tinkering with tablets and he is back at home, where he lives alone….fingers crossed his son who lives nearby will increase his vigilance. Our hope is for a lot of health and prosperity in 2014. Happy New Year to you too! Enjoy that new little one. We are off to have a belated 2nd birthday morning tea for our “Xmas” granddaughter…born early hours of 27th Dec 2011:-)

  1. Juliet

    Lynley, the tuis here are having a great time feasting on the flax which is flowering profusely. I’m out at the bach and yesterday a tui swept in to eat insects from the compost at the base of the bean plants – something I haven’t witnessed before.

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    1. ordinarygood Post author

      Oh yes the flax is flowering profusely here too. Many of the Tui come to the feeder with a yellow/orange pollen “cap” on:-)
      I wonder if the insect eating Tui is feeding young in the nest. I am about to post about a wonderful book recording the breeding cycle and it shows the parent with a beakful of insects for the youngsters. How exciting that you might have a nest nearby.

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  2. kiwiyarns

    I think they must have all been at my house. The air has been positively reverberating with their songs and aerial acrobatics. We have many flax flowering along the street – a cause for very jealous possessiveness by the tui. 😀

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    1. ordinarygood Post author

      The Tui who have been popping in for a drink often have a flax pollen “cap” on their head 🙂 Yesterday and today the feeder is going down very quickly again….I need to keep some observational notes. I’m glad they have enjoyed your hospitality!

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