Burchell’s Coucal Eco Trail Outing 29 June 2019

Report by Tyron Dall

Nine birders enjoyed a wonderful mornings birding with excellent weather. The first bird to get our attention was an African Darter on a mud flat in the middle of the river, which seemed to be waiting for the sun’s rays to warm its outstretched wings.

The Little Bee-eaters were giving quite a show, but naturally everyone was asking about the White-fronted Bee-eaters. We briefly heard the White-fronted Bee-eaters but didn’t see them until our walk back later in the day.

White-fronted bee-eater (Karen Diederiks)

In the beginning of the outing much of the trail was in the shade and the birding was a bit slow, but as the sun came out it picked up quite a bit. 

The birds of the day for me, and which where lifers for some of our new BLPN members were the Cape robin-chat and Fiscal flycatcher. This is the first time this year that I have seen these birds on the trail. They seem to be altitudinal migrants to the coast in Winter.

The only raptor seen on the day was one of the resident Fish eagles which was seen perched on a tree in the distance. Another highlight for the day, was the amount of sunbirds which we saw. We all got very good views of the Purple-banded sunbird, as well as seeing Amethyst and White-bellied.

When we got back to the car park area which overlooks the river, we also got to see a Goliath heron and three Water thick-knees. Altogether the bird count for the morning was 63.

Thanks to all the people who came on the walk and for the photos supplied.


Cape Wagtail
Grey Heron
Black-headed Heron
Common Myna
Fork-tailed Drongo
Egyptian Goose
Hadeda Ibis
Brown-throated Martin
Red-eyed Dove
Spectacled Weaver
Thick-billed Weaver
African Darter
Dark-capped Bulbul
Reed Cormorant
Three-banded Plover
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Spur-winged Goose
Natal Spurfowl
Brown-hooded Kingfisher
Common Waxbill
Rattling Cisticola
Southern Fiscal
Amethyst Sunbird
Black-collared Barbet
Pied Crow
Little Bee-eater
Speckled Mousebird
Cape White-eye
Fan-tailed Widowbird
Yellow Weaver
Lesser Swamp Warbler
Red-throated Wryneck
Blacksmith Lapwing
Burchell’s Coucal
Pied Kingfisher
Red-capped Robin-Chat
Cape Robin-Chat
Southern Red Bishop
African Stonechat
Southern Black Flycatcher
Yellow-throated Longclaw
Yellow-fronted Canary
African Dusky Flycatcher
Tambourine Dove
Green-backed Camaroptera
White-fronted Bee-eater
Purple-banded Sunbird
Terrestrial Brownbul
African Fish Eagle
Sombre Greenbul
Cardinal Woodpecker
African Paradise Flycatcher
Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird
Bar-throated Apalis
White-eared Barbet
Woolly-necked Stork
Crested Barbet
White-bellied Sunbird
Bronze Mannikin
Fiscal Flycatcher
Goliath Heron
Red-winged Starling
Water Thick-knee

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