MARCH 2014 GARDEN BIRDS

This March has been an exceptionally busy month with a lot of work to be done, travelling, and getting home late from work. That I have only recorded 31 species is not a reflection of decreasing bird life in our garden, but rather a lack of opportunity to truly enjoy the birds. Certainly the early mornings are still heralded with the soft, melodious calls of the Cape Robin and sometimes the distinctive sounds of the Barthroated Apalis flitting through the foliage outside my window. Interestingly enough, the Streakyheaded Canary was the first on my list this month. Outside of aloe blooming season these birds, for some reason, seem to prefer the back garden. As noted last month, they have started visiting the bird feeder in the front. The dapper Bokmakierie slid into the last position – yes, I am cheating for the month has not ended yet, but I am shortly to be on the road again. I love listening to the Bokmakierie calling in the early mornings and later in the afternoon and feel very privileged to see one hopping about on the lawn.

bokmakierie
The mud nest of the Lesserstriped swallows has fallen down from the eaves and these beautiful birds are gathering in increasingly large flocks swooping through the air in the late afternoon light. I will miss them when they go and I am in awe of the long trek they make between continents.
My March list is:
Barthroated Apalis
Black Crow
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Blackcollared Barbet
Blackeyed Bulbul
Blackheaded Oriole
Bokmakierie
Bronze Manikin
Brownhooded Kingfisher
Cape Robin
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cattle Egret
Forktailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Greyheaded Sparrow
Hadeda Ibis
Laughing Dove
Lesserstriped Swallow
Olive Thrush
Redbilled Woodhoopoe
Redeyed Dove
Redwinged Starling
Rock Pigeon
Sombre Bulbul
Speckled Mousebird
Streakyheaded Canary
Village Weaver
Whiterumped Swift
Yellow Weaver

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