Update from Pigeon Valley in Glenwood, Durban

Thu Jun 6, 2013 10:44 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

“Crispin Hemson” 

Winter birding is hotting up; our first Fiscal Flycatcher on record came last year, and there are currently five at the reservoir area.  A new sighting over the weekend there was a pair of Pied Wagtails.

We have been concerned over the Spotted Ground-Thrushes, which are so vulnerable.  One appeared early in the season and then became furtive.  Yesterday however one (I suspect the same) flew from the road island at the entrance to the park to perch on the fence – see my photo on Facebook at Friends of Pigeon Valley.  Later as I went through the park I was sure I was hearing at least two others making their contact call.

Yesterday’s best sighting though in the late afternoon was my coming upon the only bird bath on the southern side of the park, and watching a Buff-spotted Flufftail bathing.  Hard to get any picture given the dimness and distance, but it was great – only my second sighting of a mature bird in more than 20 years of viewing.

Crispin Hemson

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