Our trip to Caledon this morning in search of unusual Overberg birds was not unsuccessful. We did not find what we were looking for, but the slow drive along farm roads was rewarding in that we did manage to see a good selection of the usual suspects. There were very many larks, Red-capped and Large-billed, in the rocky fields as well as Pipits and Capped Wheatears. Dams along the way abounded with Spur-winged Geese and there were many Blue Cranes in the wheat fields. The Spotted Eagle Owl at the side of the road was a bonus.
We stopped in at the Caledon Cemetery to try to find some old family graves, but without success. It was sad to see the neglect in this memorial garden. A visit to the Wild Flower Garden was more rewarding, as we saw a juvenile Klaas’ Cuckoo near to the entrance and it allowed us to approach to within a few metres. There were many sunbirds and other fynbos species on show. Then, a visit to the settling ponds revealed many more Geese and a few other waterbirds such as Yellow-billed Ducks, Red-billed Teals, a few Moorhens and a Black Crake. We got 75 species in all.