Pigeon Valley Outing

BirdLife Port Natal

Report by Terry Walls

2 June 2018

The morning greeted us with misty rain, which thankfully cleared up shortly before we arrived for the outing.

​Features of the reserve include:

A natural heritage site which has original coastal climax forest in which many of the forest giant, particularly the Natal Elm survive. Oxyanthus pyriformis, Natal Loquat, and Celtis mildbraedii, Natal White Stinkwood,occur almost exclusively in Pigeon Valley.

This is a good birding spot for rare and elusive forest birds e.g.: Spotted Groun-Thrush, Narina Trogon, Green Twinspot and the Buff-spotted Flufftail. The Natal Elm trail around the reserve, up one side of the valley and down the other, is approximately 400m.

(http://www.durban.gov.za/City_Services/ParksRecreation/pnature/Pages/pigeon.aspx)

The target species for some of us included the rare and endangered Spotted Ground-Thrush and the elusive Green twinspot.

We split into two groups to explore the reserve so not all species were experienced by all. Birding was quiet…

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