Kowhai flowering

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I was just reading an old birder’s diary entry written after her walk at Wenderholm Regional Park at this time in 1984 “… there were more tuis than we had ever seen at one time before – dashing about in the trees, feeding on the kowhai (flowers), and all the time keeping up an almost ludicrous chorus of assorted noises”. The flowers at Wenderholm (as elsewhere in the area) are at their peak about now attracting perhaps a dozen tuis to one tree. Tuis  travel widely to seasonal food sources and bicker constantly to get their share. But nearby there may be other kowhai empty or with a single tui and I can’t work out why. Any answers?

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