This month has been characterised by very dry and chilly weather, although we have enjoyed some much-needed rain over the past few days. Apart from the Cape Robins obviously being in courting mode since last month, other birds have got in on the act too – Olive Thrushes, Fork-tailed Drongos, Black-eyed Bulbuls, and even the Knysna Louries have been chasing each other around the garden. Some Cape Weavers have even been building a practice nest in the back garden. I have also seen Mrs. Greater Double-collared Sunbird collecting feathers from the lawn.
I was delighted to see a Cape Wagtail bobbing about last week for they bring such a feeling of joy to the garden.
Klaas’ Cuckoo showed up this morning and a Burchell’s Coucal appeared in the garden last week – good signs that spring is on its way. It has also been pleasing to see the odd Malachite Sunbird in passing and more of the Black-backed Puffback. The latter has become a fairly regular visitor this month, as has a pair of Spectacled Weavers.
My July bird list is:
African Green Pigeon
Black Crow (Cape)
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Cape Turtle Dove
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Greyheaded Bush Shrike
Rock Pigeon (Speckled)