4 October 2021
An early morning start at the Sanctury saw eight members get together in the Sanctuary car park ready for all types of weather. For half of the members, it was their first visit to the Sanctuary. Sithembiso Blessing Majoka was on hand to guide the walk and point out all the spots of the regular birds. Despite the fine drizzle we soon put together an impressive list of common and not so frequently sighted birds. By 9:15 we had amassed 47 birds and made our way back to the pond for a well-deserved cup of coffee and rusks. The ever-elusive Little Rush Warbler called away while we enjoyed our coffee. We were quite determined to get to 50 species before we all went on our way and in the end managed 54 species.
Some of the highlights were Reed Cormorant, Striated Heron, Grey Heron
and Black Crake at the pond together with the usual reed nesting birds like the Eastern Golden Weavers, Thick-billed Weaver and Red Bishop. Early on we caught sight of a female Black Cuckooshrike near the bridge over the stream. A Malachite Kingfisher entertained us all at various stages along the water.
We were fortunate to see Tamborine Dove feeding happily on the open lawn for all to study.
At various stages of the walk, we had great sightings of Olive Sunbird, Kurrichane Thrush, the African Paradise Flycatcher and a Spurwing Goose.
A bird list from the morning is available to download below.
Thanks to everyone for a great morning of birding!
Report by Graham Steele and photos by Hazel Nevin.