You can tell from the varying levels – and the background – that these photographs were not all taken on the same day. Collectively, they tell the story of a few of the many visitors to our nectar feeder – which regular readers will know I frequently refer to as the pub. Apart from the sunbirds – not featured in this tale – by far the largest and showiest avian visitor is the Black-headed Oriole. It is not easily intimidated and so usually does not have to wait politely for its turn.

Waiting to use the pub – or being bounced from it – is a daily occurrence, as the following sequence will show. Firstly we have a pair of Cape White-eyes which often arrive together and take turns to sip the nectar. One might ‘bounce’ the other if it feels it has been waiting for too long, but they mostly swop around fairly quickly and without fuss.

They are small birds and are easily ousted by the larger and more aggressive Cape Weaver.

The latter snaps at anyone else coming for a drink and frequently chases the ‘drinker’ away only to abandon the pub to chase someone else. When it does get to the pub, it has a tendency to hog it.

One bird it will always give way to is the Fork-tailed Drongo, which swoops down with the confidence of taking up his rightful place at the pub. There is no hesitation on its part at all.

Such is the pressure on this ‘nectar’ on some days that the queue gets longer. I have featured these particular Cape Weavers before, however they provide a useful illustration of the traffic build-up that is sometimes experienced.

20 thoughts on “WAITING FOR THE PUB

  1. I would find it easy to watch the goings-on at this pub for hours at a time. I am really amazed at all the birds you have that enjoy it. I have the hummingbirds, of course, or at least one; I really wonder if there are any more than one in my whole garden. And the Hooded Orioles, who are infrequent visitors this year; I only saw them once so far. I don’t know whether to envy you or not, though… it only takes me a few minutes to stop by your blog, and as I say, it would “take” much more time, if I had that particular gift, to fully appreciate the delights. Thank you for sharing!!


    • Time is a gift that I promised to give myself when I retired. I spend about an hour every morning watching the birds come and go: breakfast, tea and a notebook at hand. If I can squeeze it in then I have a quick cup of tea outdoors during the afternoons to see what the latest goings-on are.

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  2. I feel spoilt getting these blog posts in my inbox daily for the past few days since I came across it and decided to follow it. I’m an amateur backyard birdwatcher. Your posts are very informative and I quite enjoy your writing style. Such a treat. Thank you.


    • Dankie Una. Ek wonder partykeer of mense nie vervelig raak met so baie fotos uit my tuin – dan sien ek iets anders … en daar kom nog ‘n blog pos!


    • This depends both on the weather and how much natural nectar sources are around. During times of plenty I fill it once a day – or even once every few days – despite the heat. Now that we are nearing the end of winter and natural sources are scarce, I fill it once – and sometimes twice – a day.

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