Outing to Glenholme N.R. Wednesday 21 November

This was a new venue for many of the participants. The reserve is at the Kloof SPCA and run and maintained by WESSA. The trails through the  grassland are well kept and regularly cut and WESSA  have a monthly walk led by Jean Senogles. The SPCA Peacocks have definitely increased in numbers over the years and we could hear their harsh calls all morning!

The weather forecast showed heavy rain all morning, but fortunately for the 11 birders there wasn’t a drop of rain, although the cloudy skies and gloomy conditions made bird ID a little challenging at times.

First of all we explored the grassland trails and some of the species we recorded were Knysna and Purple-crested Turacos, White-eared and Black-collared Barbets, Black Cuckooshrike, Sacred Ibis, Rock Martin, African Black Swift, Neddicky, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Amethyst and Olive Sunbirds, Violet-backed Starling, Olive Thrush. We saw  a Common Buzzard, two White-necked Ravens flying in formation  and a Yellow-billed Kite with a stick in it’s bill. At first we thought that the Kite was carrying nesting material but it it spent the morning just cruising around aimlessly and didn’t seem to be on a nest-building mission! A lovely Black Sparrowhawk whizzed past while we were walking along the cliff-side trail.

Then into the swamp forest. I must say that I have never seen this special forest looking so beautiful and WESSA have built a very sturdy new boardwalk over the wetter areas. We were thrilled by a male Paradise Flycatcher on a nest and there was also a very co-operative Dusky Flycatcher posing for us. Green-backed Camaroptera, Fork-tailed Drongo and Black-bellied Starling were also present.

A sunny day would have produced far more species and more photo opportunities but thanks

to John Bremner for his contribution.

Total species for the morning was 41. (see the Bird List)

black-collared barbet
white-eared barbet
dark-capped bulbul
common buzzard
green-backed camaroptera
Klaas’s cuckoo
black cuckooshrike
red-eyed dove
rock dove
fork-tailed drongo
African dusky flycatcher
African paradise flycatcher
Southern black flycatcher
Egyptian goose
sombre greenbul
sacred ibis
yellow-billed kite
rock martin
common myna
black-headed oriole
tawny-flanked prinia
white-necked raven
red-capped robin-chat
black sparrowhawk
black-bellied starling
red-winged starling
violet-backed starling
woolly-necked stork
amethyst sunbird
olive sunbird
African black swift
African palm swift
olive thrush
yellow-rumped tinkerbird
southern black tit
Knysna turaco
purple-crested turaco
village weaver
cape white-eye

African Dusky Flycatcher
Common Buzzard
Dark-backed Weaver’s nest
Paradise Flycatcher on nest
Paradise Flycatcher on nest
Tawny-flanked Prinia
White-necked Raven
Village weaver

Sandi du Preez

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