Demand for sugar water has peaked in the last 10 days. We are seeing groups of up to 10 Tui arriving at the feeder during the day. Aggression is high but sharing also happens at times too.
I have ordered a larger feeder to help keep up with demand.
I took these photos tonight around dinner time.
For those of you reading from beyond New Zealand, the Maori word “Hui” means a gathering.
Yesterday the local Tuis flocked to the sugar water feeder. It was something of a competition to see how many could perch on the feeder and gain access to the sugar water.
I think this photo shows the maximum number who had artfully arranged themselves on the structure.
Others were on the fence or in the nearby Magnolia tree awaiting a space to open up!