APRIL 2021 GARDEN BIRDS

I am delighted to report that the African Green Pigeons are back in full force this month. Their characteristic grunting sounds are heard from early in the morning and, if I look carefully at the shaking leaves in the fig tree, I catch sight of some of them most afternoons. An exciting visitor, even though I only saw it once, was a single male Dusky Indigo bird – I have not seen these in my garden for some years. Yet another interesting visitor has been a single female Thick-billed Weaver: she has made several forays into the feeding area and has perched on the edge of the bird bath a few times – never when I have my camera though!

In other news, the ‘tame’ Common Fiscal we call Meneer still comes to collect his handout from me several times a week. These days he usually collects a maximum of two tiny pieces of meat and flies away. His rival, the ringed Common Fiscal, frequently sits in the branches above my head and eyes my offerings, but prefers to go to the feeding tray for his meals.

Depending on what is on offer, the feeding tray can get rather busy at times – look at these weavers having a feast.

While these females might appear to be chatting while they eat, it is not always a harmonious scene. Here a female weaver is telling off a Black-eyed Bulbul. He looks quite affronted.

It wasn’t a good day for the bulbuls, for here an Olive Thrush is approaching one in a threatening manner.

As we still have no rain, there is sunshine aplenty. These Laughing Doves are sunning themselves on the bare ground underneath the seed feeders.

Lastly, a pair of Southern Boubous have become regular visitors. They skulk around in the undergrowth or call loudly to each other from hidden perches. I have only seen one of them coming out into the open to feed at any one time.

My bird list for this month:

African Green Pigeon
Amethyst Sunbird
Bar-throated Apalis
Black-collared Barbet
Black-eyed Bulbul
Black-headed Oriole
Bokmakierie
Bronze Mannikin
Cape Batis
Cape Crow
Cape Robin-Chat
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cattle Egret
Common Fiscal
Common Starling
Dusky Indigo Bird
Fiery-necked Nightjar
Forest Canary
Fork-tailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Green Woodhoopoe
Grey-headed Bush Shrike
Hadeda Ibis
Knysna Turaco
Laughing Dove
Olive Thrush
Pied Crow
Red-eyed Dove
Red-winged Starling
Sombre Bulbul
Southern Boubou
Southern Masked Weaver
Speckled Mousebird
Speckled Pigeon
Streaky-headed Seedeater
Thick-billed Weaver
Village Weaver
Yellow Weaver

33 thoughts on “APRIL 2021 GARDEN BIRDS

  1. Gosh Anne! I am amazed at all the birds that were in your garden in April. Every one would be a life bird for me. I loved this post as your commentary about the birds really made their visits come alive. I hope you are having a great weekend. Cheers…

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    • As you can tell, there is a great variety of birds and so I regularly provide seed, fruit and nectar. If I am going to be sitting outside then I may provide small slithers of meat or fish. I also find that the birds enjoy a handful of cat crumbles every now and then. Those usually disappear in a flash, but are too pricey for regular use.

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  2. Your garden is alive with such a wonderful range of birds Anne, absolutely gorgeous! Green Pigeons are one of my favourite birds, so special to have them visit you! xxx

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    • It has taken a number of years for the African Green Pigeons to appear here in any number. I recall first seeing them in the enormous Natal fig tree in our garden around 2004.Now large flocks (well over thirty) congregate there during the fruiting season and some are seen through most months of the year. I feel privileged to have them visit our garden 🙂

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  3. I expect the Green Pigeons will be the first of several species to grow your monthly tally now that winter’s setting in, Anne? Here too the Green Pigeons, and the Olive Pigeons, have started to put in appearances again after having been awol for a few months.

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  4. You have quite the crowd gathering at the feeder and I marveled at Meneer eating pieces of meat, something I would associate more with a raptor, not a dainty bird like that.

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