It seemed that June was the month for the Tui at our place. This bird is native to New Zealand (endemic in fact) and while it's not rare, I find it pretty special to have them around.
I was thrilled to get some decent photos of the one that had set up camp near our house...there were more across the road in another stand of the same type of trees... we could hear them calling to each other a lot.
|Their chin tufts are pretty distinctive; they are also sometimes known as|
The Parson Bird.
|From a distance they appear black - but far from it!|
|Nectar is their main food but they also like pollen.|
They do gymnastics getting inside the flowers!
Which brings me to my One Monthly Goal for July. A few years ago I did some pattern testing for Juliet of Tartankiwi.... below is a Tui block I foundation pieced/tested for her. I was really happy with how it turned out but it has sat for all this time, with nothing more done to it.
I am HOPING that July will be the month to stitch this up - I think it will make a really lovely cushion.
Thank you to Heidi for hosting the OMG and giving that extra little push I need to rummage through my UFOs, WIPs, or just plain old abandoned blocks like this.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that the video I've tried loading works!! It will give you a ringside seat at one of our resident Tui's performances - enjoy :-)
(Enlarge the video if you can, I'm not able to in blogger!)
'til next time,