There must have been something in the air this morning, when no less than 45 birders turned up to join the outing to Haygrove Farm! This necessitated dividing the group into two, so that Mike led one half and I, the other. We were accompanied by a visitor or two and everyone enjoyed the outing which yielded 52 species. Surprisingly, we saw no ducks, but this may have been because the dams were all very low. A deck in the forest near a dam provided the ideal site for a post-walk picnic.
These are what we saw: Cape Batis; Southern Red Bishop; Yellow Bishop; Southern Boubou; Cape Bulbul; Common Buzzard; Brimstone Canary; Cape Canary; Grey-backed Cisticola; Levaillant’s Cisticola; Red-knobbed Coot; Reed Cormorant; Blue Crane; Cape Crow; Cape Turtle Dove; Red-eyed Dove; Tambourine Dove; Fork-tailed Drongo; Common Fiscal; African Dusky Flycatcher; African Paradise Flycatcher; Fiscal Flycatcher; Egyptian Goose; Cape Grassbird; Little Grebe; Helmeted Guineafowl; Hamerkop; Grey Heron; African Hoopoe; Hadeda Ibis; Rock Martin; Speckled Mousebird; Speckled Pigeon; Cape Robin-Chat; Black Saw-wing; Streaky-headed Seedeater; Cape Siskin; Cape Sparrow; Southern Grey-headed Sparrow; Cape Spurfowl; Red-winged Starling; African Stonechat; Cape Sugarbird; Amethyst Sunbird; Malachite Sunbird; Southern Double-collared Sunbird; Barn Swallow; Greater Striped Swallow; Olive Thrush; Cape Wagtail; Cape Weaver; Cape White-eye.