Having spent half the month away, I have probably missed some of the avian visitors to the garden. It is a lovely time of the year though: the aloes are coming in to bloom and they will attract sunbirds; the canary creeper blossoms form a bright yellow canopy draped over trees and shrubs; and although the main fruiting period is over, the Natal Fig tree still attracts a host of Redwinged Starlings, Blackeyed Bulbuls and a pair of Knysna Loeries.

Olive Thrushes abound. I counted six of them chasing each other – and the hapless Laughing Doves – around the garden recently. Even though we have heard no sound from it for weeks, we had a good view of a Burchell’s Coucal a few days ago as it made its way through the tangle of greenery outside my study window. The Crowned Hornbills have made a welcome return, fleeting though their presence is.

Burchell's Coucal

The Bronze Manikins continue to delight as they flitter about like falling leaves – or even thistle down – and huddle close together at the feeder. Village Weavers are losing their summer finery and we see fewer African Green Pigeons. They have probably sought out another reliable source of fruit. The Speckled Mousebirds still find plenty to eat here. I love waking to the sound of Bokmakieries each morning.

Speckled Mousebird

My April bird list is:

African Green Pigeon
Barthroated Apalis
Black Crow (Cape)
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Blackcollared Barbet
Blackeyed Bulbul
Blackheaded Oriole
Bronze Manikin
Burchell’s Coucal
Cape Robin (Cape Robin-chat)
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Chinspot Batis
Crowned Hornbill
Common Starling
Fiscal Shrike
Forktailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Greyheaded Sparrow
Hadeda Ibis
Knysna Loerie
Laughing Dove
Olive Thrush
Redeyed Dove
Redbilled Woodhoopoe
Redwinged Starling
Rock Pigeon (Speckled)
Sombre Bulbul
Southern Black Tit
Southern Boubou
Southern Masked Weaver
Speckled Mousebird
Village Weaver
Whiterumped Swift
Yellowfronted Canary
Yellow Weaver


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