Despite the heat and the on-going drought, this has been an interesting month for birdwatching in my garden. Red-winged Starlings have been regular visitors to the feeding station and make short work of any cut apples I put out. Here you can clearly see the female, with the grey head, in the foreground while the male pecks at the fruit behind.
A lone young Hadeda Ibis has been probing the ground daily looking for food, covering the extent of the garden several times during the day. Several Hadedas still roost in the fig tree every night and wake us all with their morning cackles.
While Cape White-eyes form part of the daily dawn chorus and are regularly heard flitting through the shrubs, it has been good to see them feeding on the apples too.
An unusual visitor has been a Red Bishop, seen below sharing the feeder with a Cape Weaver. For the past three years a single male Red Bishop has made periodic visits to my garden – from where, I cannot tell. He is a welcome visitor though and adds a bright pop of colour to the regulars.
My December bird list is:
African Green Pigeon
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Cape Turtle Dove
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Rock Pigeon (Speckled)
Southern Masked Weaver