How quickly this month has flown by, possibly because much of it has been spent in anticipation of more freedom of movement and the easing into the Level 3 restrictions which begin on 1st June – the sheer joy of being able to exercise beyond nine in the morning is something worth looking forward to! In the bird world, life continues as usual: after a month away, the African Green Pigeons have returned to the Natal Fig in our garden – this is the large dark green tree in the photograph below, taken from the grassy area below our garden.
The Speckled Pigeons have been breeding prolifically and there have been several young Black-eyed Bulbuls around. This one is sunning itself after a dip in the bird bath:
Having been shown the ropes last month, this speckled young Olive Thrush now has to fend for itself:
While most of the Village Weavers are starting to look motley as they begin to don their winter garb, this Cape Weaver still looks very smart:
The Lesser-striped Swallows finally left during the first week of May.
My May bird list is:
African Green Pigeon
African Harrier Hawk
Cape Turtle Dove
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Southern Masked Weaver