During spring and summer I fill our tui feeders with water for the other birds about the place because tui don’t use them. Until recently I held the view that they wouldn’t from early December through to about April as there was ample food elsewhere however I’ve been proven wrong. I know you will find it hard to believe but it does happen sometimes. Please don’t mention this to my “trouble and strife”.
Two weeks ago we noticed a tui alight on one of the feeders but upon tasting “just water” it quickly flew off. That afternoon I made up some sugared water with the hope that our visitor would return. Sure enough and on queue 24 hours later the same tui was back.
Just yesterday I had a phone call from a client Pat on Auckland’s North Shore and he confirmed that apart from October of last year tui have been constantly using their two way feeder . So much so that he and his wife Di have to refill the 1.5 litre bottle daily. This feedback also put paid to my previous theory. They took this shot recently through their dining room window.
If you have a tui feeder in your garden I’d suggest cleaning and filling it up as the tui won’t be too far away.