Hi all my loyal readers.
Hope all is well and birding has smiled upon you all. Today I just want to show off my new bird feeder that is going up soon.
Happy birding, see you all soon.
This is my first blog entry for the year 2013. Hope its going to be a great birding year for everyone. Have not had too much oportunity to go out birding much yet this year and the bird feeder is also only producing mostly the same old birds. I have added a birdbath and this has swelled the number of birds slightly. One evening I had at least ten diffirent bird species here at once by the birdbath and feeder. 3 Dove species, common and red-winged Starlings, House sparrows, masked weavers, common waxbill, cape bulbul and a lone cape wagtail all enjoying a meal and drink at once.
On one morning last week on an early morning stroll I saw that the Greater Flamingoes have made zandvlei estuary their temporary home. Also hear that there are a larger group wading at strandfontein sewrage works. Also seen on my stroll were two Goliath herons on the reedy verge of the vlei as well as a pair of Blacksmith Lapwings. There were also a lot of common terns flying about. Another sight was dozens of swallows flying low over the water and some even skimming the water probably drinking water.
Enjoy your birding in 2013.
Haven’t been here for awhile. Not that I have forgotten about blogging but just havent been out birding for awhile. Just wanna let you know the bird feeder is still up but its been so windy the birds have been blown of their perches a couple of times. Newest additions have been a pair of House sparrow juveniles. They come with the adults and are fed from feeder directly into the mouth of the juvenile, no more adults fetching the food. See the White-rumped Swifts are out in force over the swampy reed patch this morning too. Other notables of the morning have been the Hadeda’s, Pied Crows, Rock Pigeons and now even a Cape weaver too. No sign of the waxbills at the feeder tho they flitting about over the reed beds, and here comes the sparrow family again. And one waxbill made an appearance too.
Enjoy your birding in the New Year.
Quiet on the birding front.
Everything has been a bit quiet at my feeder due the high winds we’ve been having in Cape Town. This afternoon the wind has not been too bad so I refilled the feeder and no sooner I left the first Cape Sparrows came looking to fill up, both Mr and Mrs Sparrrow and then off they went to be replaced by firstly a Common Starling and then a House Sparrow. Next was a family of four Laughing Doves, a single Rock Pigeon and then a pair of Southern Masked weavers with a juvenile in tow. The female would go fill her crop with seed and then go feed the chick who would vigorously flap its wings. Then the female would hop over the feeder again and fill herself with seeds and then feed the juvenile. I saw this family at least four to five times during the afternoon. The last lot to feed this afternoon was this family of five Common Waxbills.
Seems my wife enjoys buying Fish and Chips and the going to have supper at Muizenberg Beach. Thats what we did agian this evening.
Arriving at the beach just after 5pm I noticed a great group of Kelp Gulls congregated on the rocks. They we’re collecting mussles an then flying about ten to twelve foot up in the air and dropping the mussles on the rocks, then there’d be a mad dash of about six to ten adult, juvenile and immature gulls to see who gets the morsels that fall out the shells. This went on for a good part of an hour.
Later we emptied out the rest of our chip scraps to the pigeons and Hartlaub’s gulls. Did not manage to see the Grey-headed Gull from the other evening but the greyish rings are bocomimg more noticable on the Hartlaubs on Muizenberg beach.
Also filled up my bird feeder at home again and within 20 minutes every weaver and Rock Pigeon was feeding merrily again.
Want to go wandering around Zandvlei tommorrow. Will keep you posted about anything special.
Wolfgang in Lakeside,Muizenberg.
Am I responsible for the latest trend of the birds fighting each other when coming to the Feeder?
Seems its the latest trend with the biggest bird being first to get seeds. The toughest fights take place between the male Southern Masked Weavers and the male Cape Weavers. Even the tiny waxbills land up fighting with the weavers even though they don’t feed from the feeder but from the ground where the weavers mess a lot of the seeds from the feeder.
Went to have supper on the beach at Muizenberg this evening. We were mobbed by a flock of Hartlaubs gulls. I noticed a couple Grey-Headed Gulls amoungst the Hartlaubs. What made me sure of this is the very light coloured eyes. Also noticed a lot of the Hartlaub’s were juveniles with a lot of brown blotches on their wings. Did not see any Kelp gulls though.
Me again with another addition to my feeder list. Had a Fiscal Shrike land on my Varanda today and come partake from the feeder. I thought it unusual for this bird to take seeds but after consulting Roberts Bible I see they do take seeds as well as food scraps bread and dog pellets.
Another sighting I have made is a couple of Black-winged Stilts in a pool on the northern end of Zandspruit near Lakeside station.
Today new observations.
On ariving home from work today I went to observe my birdy friends. The female Cape Weavers are really going wild carrying food to their nests making it a definate that there are going to be plenty of Weaver juveniles this summer. This wetland behind our complex is positively teeming with birdlife, and I am sure they really appreciate the plentyful supply of food my birdfeeder is providing.
A strange behaviour I noticed too is that the Common waxbills creep aeound on the ground under the restios and other fynbos bushes growing in our gardens. They seem to sense me watching and scurry between bushes. Just a pity I don’t have a camera to record all this activity. Hope to have that rectified soon.
Happy birding and Chow once again.
Seems like Bird-feeder was a Hit.
I notice that the bird-feeder I have installed has become a hit with a miriade of birds. Today I see the birds are jostling for dominance. From the Large Rock Pigeons with their red eyes and white specled sides to the medium Cape Turtle doves and smaller Laughing doves. Next are the European or Common Starlings and Red-winged Starlings. Then in line are the Largish Southern Masked Weaver( as pointed out to me by Mike Buckham, Sorry Mike my BAD), the smaller Female masked-weavers and equal sized 0ale Cape Weavers and the smallish Female Cape weavers. Last to utilise the feeder are the Immature and Juvenile Weavers and even the Common Waxbills.
Seems like the 4 nests in the reeds are in full operation as the Female weavers are frequenting the feeder at such a rate that I need to fill it nearly every day. Seems like these birds are glad we moved here. Now they are getting a good supply of food on their doorstep.
How about the bird-clubs in the area coming to do some ringing here. Just a thought.
No More Pics
Sorry folks I won’t be able to take pics of my favorite Birdy friends for awhile as my Camera and a couple other things got feet and vanished from my flat on Monday. My laptop also dissapeared with all my Birding, photography and Bonsai Info I had been collecting the last 4-5 years.
On a brighter note the Bird-feeder I installed rescently is being populated quite vigorously the last couple days. Weavres Waxbills and pigeons are here continuously.
Also today on the way to work I saw a pair of Pied Kingfishers hawking fish in Zandsppruit Lagoon at Lakeside station.
Enjoy your birding till we meet again