Wellington is still doing it’s shake, rattle and roll thing with all the after shocks from last week’s quakes but for the most part everything is back to normal.  At work I can feel more of the after shocks than at home, so I am much more relaxed when I am at home. What is noticeable now is the lack of noise. Last week I had upwards of thirty waxeyes bouncing around the trees and singing at the top of their voices, today I am lucky if there is four out there along with a few sparrows – even the tui has gone.


They say that cats, dogs, birds and other wildlife are more sensitive to the earth’s movements than we humans are, and if that is the case then I feel for them. I know how spooked I  and people around me are and I can only imagine what that would be like if I was smaller and more sensitive to it all.  It must be downright scarey for the birds and I don’t blame them for heading to the hills for safety.  I just hope they remember to come back before nesting time because it would be a huge shame to have put so much work into having them around only to miss out on the breeding season.


2 Response Comments

  • TomJuly 30, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I too have been wondering where the wax eyes have gone. Days ago, I had heaps of them coming to visit and now the newly built feeder hangs there, full of food, but no birds to feed from it.

    I hope they return!

    Do you know how long they usually stay during winter?

  • ToyaAugust 4, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hi Tom

    I am not sure about why they left or how long they will be gone for, I suspect it is because there is an abundance of natural food around at the moment and nest building will also be in progress.

    Our numbers have started to increase again now. We are currently seeing up to ten or so waxeyes bouncing around the trees now.

    In Winter they travel in flocks, in Spring and Summer they tend to be more solitary staying with their mates and chicks.



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