Some years ago in its wisdom the City Council suggested that residents plant flowering trees, especially flowering native trees, to encourage the native Tui to return to urban areas and to increase the population of this beautiful bird.
The beauty of the bird is not in question. Undoubtedly the flowering trees make Spring in Auckland a sight to behold. But the cacophony of tuis that has resulted drives inner city residents mad each Spring.
Glistening iridescent wings swoosh past unsuspecting heads. Raucous birds have no internal volume control. Nor is their time clock set for dawn and their chorus starts well before that.
Today I stood at my window looking at the flowering Kowhai tree in my garden and caught a culprit on camera.