Fiscal with a difference

Club member Barbara Palmer noticed a Common Fiscal with a difference in her Voëlklip garden on Sunday 15th June. It had a broad white supercilium (stripe above the eye).

She took some photographs and sent them to local expert and bird ringer Mike Ford and to Cape Birdnet. The response was that it was not the usual Fiscal with a feather aberration, but the subspecies subcoronatus, whose distribution is in the north of the country.

Barbara caught the bird as it was feeding on cheese along with Fiscal Flycatchers, carefully put it in a pillowcase and rushed to Mike Ford in Vermont. He took various measurements, identified it as a female and ringed it.

If anybody should notice this fiscal with a difference, having a metal ring on the right leg and an orange ring on the left leg, please inform Barbara or any member of the club committee.



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