De Mond Sightings

BIRDS OF THE OVERBERG. . . . CHECK LIST . . . . HERMANUS BIRD CLUB
SPECIES SPECIES SPECIES SPECIES
Apalis Bar-throated Flamingo Greater Owl Barn Teal Cape x
Avocet Pied Flamingo Lesser Oystercatcher African Black x Tern Caspian x
Barbet Acacia Pied Flycatcher African Dusky Painted-snipe Greater Tern Common x
Batis Cape Flycatcher Fiscal x Paradise-Flycatcher African Tern Sandwhich
Bee-eater European Flycatcher Spotted Pelican Great White Tern Swift x
Bishop Southern Red x Francolin Grey-winged Penguin African Tern Whiskered
Bishop Yellow x Gannet Cape Pigeon Speckled x Tern White-winged
Bittern Little Godwit Bar-tailed Pipit African x Thick-knee Water x
Bokmakierie x Goose Egyptian x Pipit Long-billed Thick-knee Spotted
Boubou Southern x Goose Spur-winged x Pipit Plain-backed Thrush Olive
Bulbul Cape x Goshawk African Plover Grey x Tit Grey
Bunting Cape Goshawk Pale Chanting Plover Kittlitz’s x Turnstone Ruddy x
Bustard Denham’s x Grassbird Cape Plover Ringed x Turtle-dove Cape x
Buzzard Forest Grebe Black-necked Plover Three-banded Vulture Cape
Buzzard Jackal x Grebe Great Crested Plover White-fronted x Wagtail Cape
Buzzard Steppe x Grebe Little x Pochard Southern Warbler Victorin’s
Canary Brimstone Greenbul Sombre x Prinia Karoo Warbler Willow
Canary Cape x Greenshank Common x Quail Common Waxbill Common
Canary Forest Guineafowl Helmeted x Rail African Waxbill Swee
Canary Whitethroated Gull Grey-headed Raven White-necked x Weaver Cape x
Canary Yellow x Gull Hartlaub’s x Reed-warbler African Wheatear Capped x
Chat Familiar Gull Kelp x Robin-chat Cape x Whimbrel Common x
Cisticola Cloud Hamerkop Rock-jumper Cape White-eye Cape x
Cisticola Grey-backed x Harrier Black Rock-thrush Cape Whydah Pin-tailed
Cisticola Levaillant’s Harrier-hawk African Roller European Woodpecker Cardinal
Cisticola Zitting Heron Black-headed x Ruff Woodpecker Ground
Coot Red-knobbed x Heron Goliath Rush-warbler Little Woodpecker Olive
Cormorant Bank Heron Greenbacked Sandpiper Common x
Cormorant Cape x Heron Grey x Sandpiper Curlew x Total Seen 85
Cormorant Crowned Heron Purple Sandpiper Wood
Cormorant Reed x Heron Squacco Saw-wing Black
Cormorant White-breasted x Honeybird Brown-backed Scrub-robin Karoo
Coucal Burchell’s Honeyguide Greater Secretarybird x
Crake Black Honeyguide Lesser Seed-eater Streaky-headed
Crane Blue x Hoopoe African Shelduck South African
Crested-Flycatcher Blue-m Ibis African Sacred x Shoveler Cape
Crombec Long-billed Ibis Glossy Siskin Cape
Crow Cape x Ibis Hadeda x Snake-Eagle Black-chested
Crow Pied Kestrel Lesser Snipe African
Cuckoo Black Kestrel Rock Sparrow Cape x
Cuckoo Diederik Kingfisher Brown-hooded Sparrow House
Cuckoo Klaas’ Kingfisher Giant Sparrow S. Grey-headed x
Cuckoo Red-chested Kingfisher Malachite Sparrowhawk Black
Cuckooshrike Black Kingfisher Pied x Sparrowhawk Rufous-chested
Curlew Eurasian Kite Black-shouldered Spoonbil African x
Darter African Kite Yellow-billed x Spurfowl Cape x
Dove Laughing Knot Red Starling Common x
Dove Namaqua Lapwing Black-smith x Starling Pied x
Dove Red-eyed x Lapwing Crowned x Starling Red-winged
Dove Rock Lark Cape Clapper Stilt Black-winged x
Dove Tambourine Lark Cape Long-billed Stint Little x
Drongo Fork-tailed x Lark Largebilled x Stonechat African x
Duck African Black Lark Redcapped x Stork White
Duck Fulvous Lark Spike-heeled Sugarbird Cape
Duck Maccoa Longclaw Cape Sunbird Amethyst
Duck White-backed Mallard Sunbird Malachite
Duck White-faced Marsh-Harrier African x Sunbird Orange-breasted
Duck Yellow-billed x Martin Banded Sunbird Souther Double-C
Eagle Booted Martin Brown-throated Swallow Barn x
Eagle Martial Martin House Swallow Greater Striped x
Eagle Verreaux’s Martin Rock Swallow Pearl-breasted
Eagle-Owl Cape Masked-weaver Southern x Swallow White-throated x
Eagle-Owl Spotted Moorhen Common x Swamphen African Purple
Egret Cattle x Mousebird Red-faced x Swamp-warbler Lesser
Egret Great Mousebird Speckled x Swift African Black
Egret Little x Neddicky Swift Alpine
Falcon Lanner Night-Heron Black-crowned Swift Common
Falcon Peregrine Nightjar Fiery-necked Swift Little
Fiscal Common x Olive-pigeon African Swift White-rumped x
Fish-Eagle African Ostrich Common Tchagra Southern x
Teal Hottentot
Teal Red-billed x
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De Mond Outing

 

Birding is definitely not for sissies! In spite of a very dim weather forecast, 14 brave HBC souls  decided to carry on with the outing to De Mond.

Conditions were pretty much as per the forecasts, with strong, cold winds, sporadic showers and high water in the lagoon that kept the waders and terns at barely discernable range.

In spite of this a fairly respectable total of 85 species was recorded, including those identified from the cars and not always seen by everyone.

Mike

Outing to De Mond

 

The outing to De Mond will take place on Thursday 9 November.  Please meet at Fernkloof at 07h00 and remember to bring food and drinks for the longish day, bearing in mind that it will take around two hours just to get there.  The walk (2-3 hours?) will be led by Chris Cheetham and Mike Ford in two separate parties.  Recent participants in the Waders course presented by Faansie Peacock will be able to hone their ‘wader skills’ on this outing!

 

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At De Mond

Outing to Jessie Walton’s Farm – Bird List

BIRDS OF THE OVERBERG. . . . CHECK LIST . . . . HERMANUS BIRD CLUB
SPECIES SPECIES SPECIES SPECIES
Apalis Bar-throated x Flamingo Greater Owl Barn Teal Cape
Avocet Pied Flamingo Lesser Oystercatcher African Black Tern Caspian
Barbet Acacia Pied Flycatcher African Dusky x Painted-snipe Greater Tern Common
Batis Cape x Flycatcher Fiscal x Paradise-Flycatcher African x Tern Sandwhich
Bee-eater European Flycatcher Spotted Pelican Great White Tern Swift
Bishop Southern Red Francolin Grey-winged Penguin African Tern Whiskered
Bishop Yellow x Gannet Cape Pigeon Speckled x Tern White-winged
Bittern Little x Godwit Bar-tailed Pipit African Thick-knee Water
Bokmakierie Goose Egyptian x Pipit Long-billed Thick-knee Spotted
Boubou Southern Goose Spur-winged x Pipit Plain-backed Thrush Olive x
Bulbul Cape x Goshawk African x Plover Grey Tit Grey
Bunting Cape Goshawk Pale Chanting Plover Kittlitz’s Turnstone Ruddy
Bustard Denham’s Grassbird Cape Plover Ringed Turtle-dove Cape x
Buzzard Forest x Grebe Black-necked Plover Three-banded Vulture Cape
Buzzard Jackal x Grebe Great Crested Plover White-fronted Wagtail Cape x
Buzzard Steppe Grebe Little x Pochard Southern Warbler Victorin’s
Canary Brimstone Greenbul Sombre H Prinia Karoo x Warbler Willow
Canary Cape x Greenshank Common Quail Common Waxbill Common x
Canary Forest Guineafowl Helmeted x Rail African Waxbill Swee x
Canary Whitethroated Gull Grey-headed Raven White-necked Weaver Cape x
Canary Yellow Gull Hartlaub’s x Reed-warbler African Wheatear Capped
Chat Familiar Gull Kelp Robin-chat Cape x Whimbrel Common
Cisticola Cloud Hamerkop Rock-jumper Cape White-eye Cape x
Cisticola Grey-backed Harrier Black Rock-thrush Cape Whydah Pin-tailed x
Cisticola Levaillant’s x Harrier-hawk African x Roller European Woodpecker Cardinal
Cisticola Zitting Heron Black-headed x Ruff Woodpecker Ground
Coot Red-knobbed x Heron Goliath Rush-warbler Little Woodpecker Olive
Cormorant Bank Heron Greenbacked Sandpiper Common
Cormorant Cape Heron Grey x Sandpiper Curlew Total Seen 65
Cormorant Crowned Heron Purple x Sandpiper Wood Heard only 2
Cormorant Reed x Heron Squacco Saw-wing Black x
Cormorant White-breasted x Honeybird Brown-backed Scrub-robin Karoo Forest Buzzard was of
Coucal Burchell’s Honeyguide Greater Secretarybird hybrid “mystery bird”
Crake Black x Honeyguide Lesser Seed-eater Streaky-headed species
Crane Blue x Hoopoe African Shelduck South African
Crested-Flycatcher Blue-m Ibis African Sacred Shoveler Cape List includes birds seen
Crombec Long-billed Ibis Glossy Siskin Cape x en route to jessie’s farm
Crow Cape Ibis Hadeda x Snake-Eagle Black-chested
Crow Pied x Kestrel Lesser Snipe African
Cuckoo Black Kestrel Rock x Sparrow Cape x
Cuckoo Diederik Kingfisher Brown-hooded Sparrow House
Cuckoo Klaas’ H Kingfisher Giant Sparrow S. Grey-headed
Cuckoo Red-chested Kingfisher Malachite Sparrowhawk Black
Cuckooshrike Black Kingfisher Pied Sparrowhawk Rufous-chested
Curlew Eurasian Kite Black-shouldered Spoonbil African
Darter African x Kite Yellow-billed x Spurfowl Cape x
Dove Laughing x Knot Red Starling Common
Dove Namaqua Lapwing Black-smith x Starling Pied
Dove Red-eyed x Lapwing Crowned Starling Red-winged
Dove Rock Lark Cape Clapper Stilt Black-winged
Dove Tambourine Lark Cape Long-billed Stint Little
Drongo Fork-tailed x Lark Largebilled Stonechat African x
Duck African Black Lark Redcapped Stork White
Duck Fulvous Lark Spike-heeled Sugarbird Cape x
Duck Maccoa Longclaw Cape Sunbird Amethyst x
Duck White-backed Mallard Sunbird Malachite x
Duck White-faced Marsh-Harrier African Sunbird Orange-breasted
Duck Yellow-billed x Martin Banded Sunbird Souther Double-C x
Eagle Booted Martin Brown-throated Swallow Barn
Eagle Martial Martin House Swallow Greater Striped x
Eagle Verreaux’s Martin Rock x Swallow Pearl-breasted
Eagle-Owl Cape Masked-weaver Southern Swallow White-throated x
Eagle-Owl Spotted Moorhen Common x Swamphen African Purple
Egret Cattle x Mousebird Red-faced Swamp-warbler Lesser x
Egret Great Mousebird Speckled x Swift African Black
Egret Little x Neddicky Swift Alpine
Falcon Lanner Night-Heron Black-crowned x Swift Common
Falcon Peregrine Nightjar Fiery-necked Swift Little
Fiscal Common x Olive-pigeon African Swift White-rumped
Fish-Eagle African x Ostrich Common Tchagra Southern
Teal Hottentot
Teal Red-billed 68 seen + 2 heard only 70

Important News

 

Please note that for the walk at Grootbos, nobody may take their own refreshments. Grootbos will provide complimentary tea and coffee for all participants.  This is good news, indeed!

Please remember that Mike Ford will be talking on his birding experiences in Ethiopia on 19 July.  His ‘not to be missed‘ talk is entitled “Birding with the Big Cats

Coming Events

 

Outing to Grootbos

On Thursday 6 July there will be a walk at Grootbos which will be led by a well-qualified member of the Grootbos staff.  It will take in both fynbos and forest habitats and should be a worthwhile birding experience.  Please meet at the parking area between the main road and the cliff path at Kraal Rock at 07:30am to consolidate transport.

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An ancient Milkwood at Grootbos

July Meeting

Mike Ford will talk on his experiences and work undertaken during his trip to Ethiopia. Don’t miss this talk which is bound to be one of the highlights of the year, and which will provide an insight into a fascinating country and the interesting birds that Mike was able to see and ring.

 

Beaumont Bird Walk

No less than 27 keen birders attended the walk at Beaumont Farm this morning.  We were ably led by Margie and Barbara, who had a pleasant three kilometre stroll arranged around some orchards and along the stream.  This enabled us to see 42 bird species on the farm, before enjoying our tea on the lawns.

Then some of us returned via the Swartrivier road to Hermanus. The list was augmented by a further 15 birds along this productive road, including sightings of 4 Denham’s Bustards, an unidentified Falcon and a couple of African Black Ducks, bringing the total for the trip to 57.