Haygrove Farm Outing

Hermanus Bird Club

There must have been something in the air this morning, when no less than 45 birders turned up to join the outing to Haygrove Farm!  This necessitated dividing the group into two, so that Mike led one half and I, the other.  We were accompanied by a visitor or two and everyone enjoyed the outing which yielded 51 species.  Surprisingly, we saw no ducks, but this may have been because the dams were all very low.  A deck in the forest near a dam provided the ideal site for a post-walk picnic.

These are what we saw:  Cape Batis; Southern Red Bishop; Yellow Bishop; Southern Boubou; Cape Bulbul; Common Buzzard; Brimstone Canary; Cape Canary; Grey-backed Cisticola; Levaillant’s Cisticola; Red-knobbed Coot; Reed Cormorant; Blue Crane; Cape Crow; Cape Turtle Dove; Red-eyed Dove; Tambourine Dove; Fork-tailed Drongo; Common Fiscal; African Dusky Flycatcher; African Paradise Flycatcher; Fiscal Flycatcher; Egyptian Goose; Cape Grassbird; Little…

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Birding Near Danger Point

A pleasant couple of hours birding this afternoon between Gansbaai and the Uilenkraal lagoon proved quite productive.  I went to Gansbaai hoping to see the Elegant Tern that was reported there about a week ago.  After quite a search, I gave up and headed back towards my car.  Then I decided to have one more look, and there it was!!  I was overjoyed.

The rest of the afternoon produced Common Ringed Plovers, Grey Plovers, Little Stints, White-fronted Plovers. Ruddy Turnstones, Common Whimbrels, Common Sandpipers and all the usual suspects!  I was able to add quite a few species to my Challenge list.

Wednesday Walk – Fernkloof

Fifteen walkers turned up this morning for a quick two hour hike in Fernkloof.  The weather was good with some cloud, but no rain (much needed in these parts).  There was not a lot to see on the flower front, however, we met up with the BotSoc flower group, who seemed pretty enthralled with what they were looking at!

As far as birds were concerned, there were the usual Orange-breasted Sunbirds and many calls from Cape Grassbids, but the highlight of the day was a trio of Ground Woodpeckers, whose loud calls drew our attention to their presence on a rock above us.

Gansbaai to De Kelders with the Hurriers

Today’s walk from Gansbaai to De Kelders and back took place under the most incredible weather conditions.  The sea was like a mirror, with barely a ripple to be seen.  It was low tide and we were all feeling good about last night’s good thunderstorm and it looked as if JZ was finally about to vacate his office.  A great day for all of South Africa!!

We walked a total of 8 kilometres and it got pretty warm and very humid as the morning progressed.  It was good to note that the path is being upgraded with some new and much needed boardwalks in some of the rougher areas.