A Bird Club visit to Greyton this morning reminded us of how the climate can change when one moves inland from the coast. It was freezing when we (16 in number) arrived at around 8:30 am. A 2,5 km walk to the south of the village soon warmed us up, however, and we spent a good couple of hours searching what looked like a very promising environment for local birds, but were disappointed to find very few.
We then returned to the village and drove through to the Nature Reserve. This drive revealed how the storm, which occurred about ten days earlier, had ravaged the town, There were scores of huge trees blown over or simply broken as they stood. Many had fallen on homes and there was quite a lot of roof damage visible. It must have been a frightening experience!
Our visit to the Nature Reserve was not much better from a birding viewpoint, with very many Cape Sugarbirds, but little else. We walked through some magnificent stands of varied proteas and saw some unusual ericas, so it was interesting and the walk was along quite a difficult path. This walk was also around 2,5 km, but took us quite a long while to traverse.