Demand at the 500ml sugar water feeder was far exceeding supply. So after discussions regarding siting an additional, 1 litre capacity feeder, the order was placed.
Keith at Backyard Birds, up north, as we say here in New Zealand, responds promptly and efficiently to email orders. Earlier this week a large, well packaged parcel arrived and Tui happiness was unwrapped.
A family member commented that the Tui now have a wine fridge on the right and a beer fridge on the left.
The Tui definitely love having two options. The squabbles, flapping, singing at each other, “beaking”, flying at each other, puffing up, and carolling have NOT stopped but my refilling duties have lessened somewhat.
Tui are the first birds to call the dawn which is increasingly early as we head to the longest day and they are often at the feeder in almost total darkness at night time.
I don’t quite manage a day as long as that so knowing there is greater capacity available to them as they nest and raise young is really reassuring.