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.

Cape Wagtail

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.

Spectacled Weaver

My July bird list is:

African Green Pigeon
Barthroated Apalis
Black Crow (Cape)
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Blackbacked Puffback
Blackcollared Barbet
Blackeyed Bulbul
Blackheaded Oriole
Boubou Shrike
Bronze Manikin
Burchell’s Coucal
Cape Robin
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Wagtail
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cardinal Woodpecker
Cattle Egret
Chinspot Batis
Common Starling
Crowned Plover
Fiscal Shrike
Forktailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Greyheaded Bush Shrike
Greyheaded Sparrow
Hadeda Ibis
Jackal Buzzard
Klaas’ Cuckoo
Knysna Lourie
Laughing Dove
Malachite Sunbird
Olive Thrush
Pied Crow
Pintailed Whydah
Redbilled Woodhoopoe
Redeyed Dove
Redwinged Starling
Rock Pigeon (Speckled)
Sacred Ibis
Sombre Bulbul
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Streakyheaded Canary
Village Weaver
Yellowfronted Canary

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