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
Amethyst Sunbird
Bar-throated Apalis
Black-collared Barbet
Black-eyed Bulbul
Black-headed Oriole
Bronze Manikin
Cape Crow
Cape Robin
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Wagtail
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cattle Egret
Common Fiscal
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Fork-tailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Green Woodhoopoe
Grey-headed Sparrow
Hadeda Ibis
Klaas’s Cuckoo
Knysna Turaco
Laughing Dove
Lesser-striped Swallow
Olive Thrush
Pied Crow
Red-eyed Dove
Red-winged Starling
Sacred Ibis
Southern Masked Weaver
Spectacled Weaver
Speckled Mousebird
Speckled Pigeon
Streakyheaded Seedeater
Village Weaver
Yellow-fronted Canary

18 thoughts on “MAY 2020 GARDEN BIRDS

  1. Wow, that’s a lot of birds on your list!

    Isn’t it funny how some birds’ feathers are arranged near their eyes so that they look mean or stern? Usually it’s birds of prey that have that feature, but your Cape Weaver seems to have joined them! And the Bulbul looks like he’s dipped his head into a bottle of ink!

    All very nice, thanks, Anne.


    • How lovely to hear from you! While I too think the bristles near the eyes of some birds make them look fearsome, I gather they serve both as protection from injury and from the intrusion of debris. The head of the Cape Bulbul is still wet from its dip in the bird bath.

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  2. Lovely photographs Anne – I love the expression of the Cape weavers face! He reminds me of one of the ‘Angry birds’ (A computer game and kids movie my girls enjoyed a few years back).


  3. An impressive list yet again, Anne. Wonderful to mark the seasons and calendar with the arrivals and departures of migratory species. Came across Lynette Rudman’s excellent YouTube Chanel on bird calls; enjoying listening to some of the beauties on your list. Your dawn and dusk chorus must be an absolute delight. Is there any songster which really stands out for you?


    • Of course one cannot miss the Hadedas, but they are waking a little later now. Cape Robin-chats and a Fiery-necked Nightjar are my current favourites.


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