Musings of a New Zealand mixed media & textile artist
I spent yesterday in the front garden having a good clear out of plants which are now a little overgrown, needed pruning etc. After digging in a load of compost and covering it all with pea straw to rot down over the winter I found this weka coming to visit. They are a real nuisance. For those who don't know them they are the size of a very large chicken and have an insatiable curiosity about everything. They will tear out seedlings, nip off berries and baby vegetables just because they can. We have even found two trying to pull our rubber front door mat off down the path. Currently there are an adult pair and three half-grown weka chicks around the street. I am expecting that a lot of the pea straw will be flicked onto the paths soon. Grrr.