DECEMBER 2016 GARDEN BIRDS

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.

Redwinged starlings

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.

Hadeda ibis

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.

Cape white-eye

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.

Red Bishop

My December bird list is:

African Green Pigeon
Barthroated Apalis
Black Crow
Black Cuckoo
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Blackcollared Barbet
Blackeyed Bulbul
Blackheaded Oriole
Bronze Manikin
Cape Robin
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cardinal Woodpecker
Cattle Egret
Common Starling
Darter
Diederik Cuckoo
Fiscal Shrike
Forktailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Greyheaded Sparrow
Hadeda Ibis
Klaas’ Cuckoo
Knysna Lourie
Laughing Dove
Lesserstriped Swallow
Olive Thrush
Paradise Flycatcher
Pied Crow
Pintailed Whydah
Red Bishop
Redchested Cuckoo
Redeyed Dove
Redfronted Tinkerbird
Redwinged Starling
Rock Pigeon (Speckled)
Sacred Ibis
Southern Boubou
Southern Masked Weaver
Speckled Mousebird
Spectacled Weaver
Streakyheaded Canary
Village Weaver
Whiterumped Swift

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