Meet the Residents; Wax eye, Silvereye, Tauhou, Zosterops lateralis

We call them wax eyes, you might know them as silvereyes – whatever their name, these little cuties are all over our yard at the moment. They sweep through the garden in gangs and are becoming more and more comfortable with our presence. I have a feeding table that they have claimed as their own as long as I keep it stocked with fruit – apples, mandarins and kiwi fruit don’t last long. The dripping cake I made and thought would be a favourite has barely been touched though.

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‘Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) were self introduced in the 1800s and now have a wide distribution throughout New Zealand. They have made the forest their home and are now among the most common bird in suburbia too. Its Māori name, tauhou, means ‘stranger’ or more literally ‘new arrival’.’ (From https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/silvereye-or-wax-eye)

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