Blown Away Birding!!


Our walk at Rooi Els this morning was attended by 17 keen birders, but unfortunately the wind had us all on the ropes.  It was also very cold, so we did not see many birds.  Somewhat disappointed, we headed to Stony Point to try our luck with the Cormorants, but it only got worse!  It was really hard to hold binoculars steady and so we battled to identify the birds.  Off to Harold Porter we traipsed.

Bliss!  When we arrived there was no wind at all and we enjoyed our coffee and snacks in the warm sunshine, much relieved to have gotten away from the icy gale.  Our walk in the Gardens, however, was not very productive, and we failed to find the White-fronted Bee-Eaters that have recently attracted so much attention.

Our final list for the morning, which included a few species picked up in Kleinmond on the way back included 39 species. They were:

Cape Bulbul;  Cape Bunting;  Jackal Buzzard;  Familiar Chat;  Bank Cormorant;  Cape Cormorant;  White-breasted Cormorant;  Klaas’s Cuckoo;  African Darter;  Cape Turtle Dove;  Rock Dove;  Little Egret;  Fiscal Flycatcher;  Cape Gannet;  Egyptian Goose;  Cape Grassbird;  Sombre Greenbul;  Hartlaub’s Gull;  Kelp Gull;  Purple Heron;  African Sacred Ibis;  Hadeda Ibis;  Rock Martin;  Common Moorhen;  Speckled Mousebird;  African Penguin;  Speckled Pigeon;  Karoo Prinia;  White-necked Raven;  Cape Spurfowl;  Red-winged Starling;  Cape Sugarbird;  Malachite Sunbird;  Orange-breasted Sunbird;  Southern Double-collared Sunbird;  Cape Rock Thrush;  Olive Thrush;  Cape Wagtail;  Cape White-Eye.


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