Enid and Charlie arrived , in early December 2014,to check out their previous nest, which we had removed.
We saw them fly in, as if they were zoning in on a magnetic co ordinate. The nest had been in an awkward position, prone to our cyclonic winds , even though it had been attached to a section of the deck where we presumed the winds would not become a problem. At other times it had been subjected to immense heat, and I feared a cooked sunbird chick on some days.It was an other moment of discovery, watching the pair of sunbirds flutter manically in the exact spot where the previous nest had been. Their state of anguish was evident. They flew to the window and perched on the screen, looking back and forth as if they had been caught totally unaware. Sunbirds remember. They were filled with anxiety.To us, it proved the point that sunbirds do reuse their nest, and that they have a well founded idea of what they did last season, and where they wanted to be. The previous nest had produced one fledgling, Billy,whom they either had lost or abandoned, and we had taken care of it and eventually taken it to the vet to be transferred to a caring lady who looked after native birds. The previous nesting had taken place from January 2014 to March, and the birds had not been seen so close to us, until this day.
We immediately wired up an other rope in a location a couple of metres away from the original spot, and low and behold, the next day the birds returned and found the rope. By the 14th December 2014, the nest was coming along beautifully. As we sat on the deck chatting to friends, Enid and Charlie were oblivious to the human element,2 metres away form their new home, and kept on working together the entire time. Sometimes we could feel the wind from their wings as they flew past our heads, to gather more twigs and dead leaves. In the final stage of nest building, Charlie started to come in less frequently. He could be seen high on the tallest palm tree fond, scanning the sky, whilst Enid busied herself with the less laborious building materials such as feathers and other fluff.By the 2nd of January 2015, the final feathers had been placed, and the nest was ready. It had taken them roughly 3.5 weeks to build. 2 eggs were laid.