From time to time I grab photos of birds in or near our garden, such as the Eastern Rosella that visited briefly last week (The red Rosella).
Some birds I’ve had no success with, such as the silvereyes and waxeyes, and the fantails, because they are small and very quick, but they are around.
We live next to the Town Belt, and right beside a bunch of Ti Kouka (cabbage trees) and flax, while there are quite a few native trees and shrubs scattered about nearby. That probably increases our quota of native birds. We have tui for sure at some times of year, but I’m looking forward to the day when the kereru (native wood pigeon) come to visit.
Last year a survey discovered:
Only two native species (silvereye and fantail) featured in the top 10 birds in New Zealand gardens in 2007. The tui was 11th, bellbird 15th, kereru (kukupa or New Zealand pigeon) 18th, and grey warbler 21st. Eight of the top 10 birds in New Zealand gardens were introduced species
There’s a lot of interesting information in the survey — graphs that show how feeding birds dramatically increases the number that visit, for example. It’s worth a look.