A spook? No, a rare bird

Hermanus Bird Club

Two Club members saw something extraordinary on an outing to Spookhuis near Stanford on Sunday.

It was not the often reported lonely figure of a woman with parasol under nearby milkwood trees, looking like the unhappy heiress who had lived there a century ago.


After a light lunch at the Spookhuis restaurant, Margie Ogston and Barbara Swart spotted an uncommon woodpecker hanging around among those same milkwoods. With the help of Margie’s photograph and the experienced Mike Ford, it was identified as a Knysna Woodpecker, which is a rarity in this area.

So there is another good reason to visit Spookhuis – in addition to having a good lunch among various birds, experiencing the lovely setting of the huge three-story house on the edge of the Klein River lagoon, Stanford 2015 147built in 1892 and turned into a restaurant since, and looking for the ghost of the unhappy Agnes Stroud with her parasol. 

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