Notwithstanding quite chilly weather, 20 members of our Club enjoyed a very pleasant and rewarding walk around Vermont Pan this morning. Our first post-lockdown Club activity! At least the rain and the predicted strong winds held off. The Pan is now quite full, so there was a good assortment of birds present. Both Greater and Lesser Flamingos, some of them at close quarters, enabling us to study the difference between the two. Plenty of Grey and Black-headed Herons building their nests. As well as a few of the normally elusive Black-crowned Night-Herons. A scattering of ducks, and a Pied Avocet sitting on a nest. Waders were scarce, but we did pick up a few, as noted in the bird list. Also a sprinkling of bush birds around the fringes of the Pan.
Here is the list of 45 birds seen::
Apalis Bar-throated, Avocet Pied, Bou Bou Southern, Cisticola Levaillant’s, Coot Red-knobbed, Cormorant Cape, Cormorant Reed, Cormorant White-breasted, Dove Laughing, Dove Red-eyed, Drongo Fork-tailed, Duck Yellow-billed, Flamingo Greater, Flamingo Lesser, Flycatcher Fiscal, Goose Egyptian, Grebe Little, Guineafowl Helmeted, Gull Hartlaub’s, Gull Kelp, Heron Black-headed, Heron Grey, Ibis Hadeda, Lapwing Blacksmith, Mousebird Speckled, Night-Heron Black-crowned, Pigeon Speckled, Plover Kittlitz’s, Plover Three-banded, Prinia Karoo, Raven White-necked, Robin-chat Cape, Rush-warbler Little, Sandpiper Common, Shoveler Cape, Sparrow Cape, Sparrow Grey-headed, Spurfowl Cape, Starling Common, Sunbird Southern Double-collared, Swallow Barn, Teal Cape, Wagtail Cape, Weaver Cape, Whydah Pin-tailed.
11 September 2020