These wee guys took to the fruit and suet I put out for them today with greedy gusto. Their name in Te Reo means ‘stranger’ or ‘new arrival’. I guess because they only arrived in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1832 – around the time that Pakeha (white people) started to arrive and settle in the country.

Other names for these little mossy green scamps, include wax-eyes, silvereyes and sometimes white eye. Comical wee rascals, they certainly live by the adage ‘birds of a feather flock together,’ flitting and foraging together, hardly ever alone.