Nine members of the Club participated in an enjoyable walk, in perfect birding conditions, in Fernkloof this morning. Having endured several days of hectic South Easters, we were very pleased that the wind had disappeared, and, as we walked early, it didn’t get too hot.
Fernkloof was looking at its best and not only did we enjoy the birds, but the ‘flower people’ in our group equally enjoyed the plant life. The bird list (35 species seen or heard) was not enormous but included a number of interesting sightings. The best was probably the fleeting view of a Rufous Chested Sparrowhawk, along with most of the usual fynbos specials. On the other hand, there were a few notable absentees, e.g. not a single Orange-breasted Sunbird!
Several of those on the walk are participating in the Club’s Challenge, so this provided a great opportunity to add to their totals, and in convivial company. This is another reason why its a good idea to join in these Club activities. A bit of excitement was a close encounter with a troop of pretty belligerent baboons, who were very reluctant to give way to us. Especially exciting for an Austrian couple, Wolfgang and Gertrud, who have just joined the Club! A bit of African wildlife, along with the birds on their first Club outing!
The Bird List is as follows:
Bar-throated Apalis; Cape Batis; Southern Boubou; Cape Canary; Klaas’ Cuckoo; Laughing Dove; Red-eyed Dove; Common Fiscal; African Dusky Flycatcher; Fiscal Flycatcher; Cape Grassbird; Sombre Greenbul; Hadeda Ibis; Speckled Mousebird; African Paradise-Flycatcher; Karoo Prinia; Cape Robin-Chat; Black saw-wing; Cape Sparrow; Rufous-chested Sparrowhawk; Common Starling; Red-winged Starling; Cape Sugarbird; Malachite Sunbird; Barn Swallow; Greater Striped Swallow; African Black Swift; Alpine Swift; White-rumped Swift; Olive Thrush; Cape Turtle Dove; Cape Wagtail; Cape Weaver; Cape White-eye; Pin-tailed Wydah
John and Sheelagh Bowman