Blossom feeders!

Spring is here although the nights are cold

and this morning there was some frost again!

Next door in my neighbor’s garden is a wild plum tree

Full with light pink blossoms.

This morning  father and mother


had a very nice breakfast.

They love to reap the flowers off and

eat them.

(Sorry to say that is way last year there were no plums!)

Here they are enjoying their breakfast.

No 1.


No 2




New Zealand pigeon/kererū. Photo: Greg Moorcroft.

New Zealand’s native pigeon, also known as kererū, kūkū and kūkupa and wood pigeon, is the only disperser of large fruits, such as those of karaka and taraire, we have. The disappearance of the kererū would be a disaster for the regeneration of our native forests.

The kererū is a large bird with irridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. The noisy beat of its wings is a distinctive sound in our forests. The pigeon is found in most lowland native forests of the North, South and Stewart/Rakiura islands and many of their neighbouring islands.


6 comments on “Blossom feeders!

    • They are protected because there are not many left. This pair had two chicks(what do you call babies of pigeons?) about 3 seasons ago. It is now the third year that they have been disturbed while nesting. Some big trees have been chopped down and I think their nest must have been in one of them. I am glad the parents are still here. Maybe this coming season there will be some babies! 🙂

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