Sometimes they sit on the various flax bushes nearby and feed on the nectar. On hot days they squawk noisily in the trees, and flutter erratically from one tree to another.
It’s wonderful to have one of our native birds coming back to town. But I’m not representative of some Wellingtonians, who seem to think the Sanctuary has some influence over the birds:
The bird voted New Zealand’s favourite native bird in 2005 appears to have fallen out of favour with some Wellingtonians.
The city’s Karori Wildlife Sanctuary has received phone calls from some local people complaining that tui have been waking them up at the crack of dawn.
I don’t know what the Sanctuary are supposed to do about it — issue a proclamation, asking the birds to be quiet between 7 pm and 7 am or something?
Round where I live we hear loud people shouting and partying at the top of Mt Victoria, cars doing ‘donuts’ and having what sound like races. Those are noises I can live without; the birds suit me fine.
In the last few days it seems the tui have packed up and moved on, unfortunately. I hope they’ll head back this way soon.