Yesterday we went to McGregor and the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve in order to try to supplement our Karoo birding list. We had wonderful clear warm weather with no wind whatsoever, but nevertheless, the birds we wanted to see eluded us. Sadly, the dams are still empty and the area is in desperate need of rain. Our afternoon was punctuated by a few isolated drops and there was some thundery activity around, but it remained dry and dusty!
Interestingly, we saw an enigmatic black, white and grey bird with a clear breastband. It was obviously a wagtail, but the lack of any brown colouration suggested that it had to be a Mountain Wagtail. This meant a bird very far out of its area and also out of its habitat, so we were reluctant to name it, but there really was no other choice. I did not get a photograph!
We managed to add three birds to our challenge list, but have yet to see any Eremomelas or Penduline Tits. A journey up the mountain into good protea growth also failed to produce a much-needed Protea Seedeater.