Finally I have set time aside to upload a video clip of Tuis visiting the sugar water feeders in my garden last November (2014).
It is my first You Tube upload and seemed simple enough thank goodness.
To get the best effect from the You Tube clip click this link here: , turn the sound up on your device and enjoy the songs of the Tui (they have a double voice box which means they can make a large range of fluting notes, through to gurgles and croaks). All the louder bird song/sounds on this clip are those of Tui.
I hope you can also hear the rustling sounds of their wings.
I have blogged about Tui many times here on my blog and they continue to bring me endless delight as they visit the garden.
During the next breeding season I will be on the look-out for visiting fledglings and I plan to video those charming youngsters.
Many readers of my blog will know how much I enjoy feeding the Tui and taking photographs of these iconic and special New Zealand birds.
As word has got about in the Tui world that we have two sugar water feeders on offer, the number of birds visiting each day to drink their fill has risen. Antics at the feeders have increased substantially too.
Moulting season has come and gone this year and with it a small but delightful collection of feathers have been left in my garden.
Here is a selection from my collection:
Filamentous feathers of a Tui’s white, double tufted curled feather wattle
Filoplume feather from a Tui’s “shawl” around its neck and across its upper back
Wing or tail feathers showing some iridescence
Soft brownish breast or underbelly feathers showing some iridescence
Possibly fledgling’s soft downy feathers?
And in other feathery news I have spotted a Bellbird investigating the feeder and also checking out the bottle brush bushes….no photos…..or Bellbird feather treasure……yet…..
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.