Despite having been away for a while, this has proved to be a satisfying month of birdwatching in my garden. At night and during the early hours of most mornings we are serenaded by a Fiery-necked Nightjar. An African Darter has flown over ‘my’ airspace a few times in order to make my list and Black-eyed (Dark-capped) Bulbuls have made cheerful forays to the feeding table. The sounds of cuckoos can be heard – the Piet-my-Vrou (Red-chested Cuckoo) is another clear sign that spring is here to stay.

On that note, while the sun rises ever earlier, the mornings remain fairly chilly and so it is not surprising to find a flock of Bronze Mannikins gathered in the branches of a Dais cotonifolia to warm up for a while before their breakfast:

I feature the Common Fiscals a lot in these posts, largely because they are such characters and are photogenic to boot. Spotty has even brought a chick along to the feeding area to see what the offerings are. The biggest surprise for me though was the sighting of the only female Common Fiscal I have ever seen in our garden. She did not appear to be connected to either Spotty or Meneer and I have not seen her since. Note the chestnut flanks that characterise the females:

As you can see, I have purchased a new feeder – I’m not sure how well this configuration is being received, but the other one requires a thorough cleaning (when we get a reasonable supply of water again!). Here a Southern Masked Weaver is trying it out accompanied by Bronze Mannikins:

A Grey-headed Sparrow is enjoying a solo feeding session:

Also catching the morning sun whilst keeping an eye out for the neighbouring cats are these Laughing Doves:

I mentioned the Hadeda Ibis nest last month. So far there is no sign of either eggshells at the base or chicks on the nest, so the eggs are still being incubated:

My bird list for this month:
African Darter
African Green Pigeon
African Hoopoe
Black-collared Barbet
Black Cuckoo
Black-eyed (Dark-capped) Bulbul
Black-headed Oriole
Bronze Manikin
Cape Crow
Cape Robin-Chat
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cattle Egret
Common Fiscal
Common Starling
Fierynecked Nightjar
Fork-tailed Drongo
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Green Woodhoopoe
Grey-headed Bush Shrike
Grey-headed Sparrow
Hadeda Ibis
Klaas’s Cuckoo
Laughing Dove
Olive Thrush
Pied Crow
Red-chested Cuckoo
Red-eyed Dove
Red-necked Spurfowl
Red-throated Wryneck
Red-winged Starling
Southern Boubou
Southern Masked Weaver
Speckled Mousebird
Speckled Pigeon
Streaky-headed Seedeater
Village Weaver
Yellow Weaver


30 thoughts on “SEPTEMBER 2022 GARDEN BIRDS

  1. This morning before 4am I heard the karoo thrush and cape robin singing in our complex garden, and my first thought was that I haven’t seen your September list yet! 😀


  2. I saw your mention of hiking in the Drakensberg on Derrick’s blog this morning, and immediately thought of one of my favorite choral groups: the Drakensberg Boys Choir. From browsing through the comments on your About page, it seems I was right, and you do live in South Africa. Greetings from Texas, via England!


    • The Drakensberg Boys Choir is wonderful to listen to! We have been to their school in Cathkin Park to listen to their rehearsals and have been moved to tears by the beauty of their voices.

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  3. Spring is a lively time in your garden! Nice to see the female common fiscal, wonder where she came from and went to? Spotty must have a mate somewhere if he brought a chick?


    • Both the male common fiscals I feature every now and then are regular collectors of food and each flies off in particular (and very different) direction with it – presumably to feed their respective chicks. I have never seen Meneer with a chick, but last year Spotty had about three with him – bringing them ever closer to the feeding area – and so far this season only has one. The female I saw fed herself and when she left it was with no food in her beak.


  4. What a list and some pretty pictures. I have had a good run with birds I’ve never seen this year, but that likely will come to an end as cold weather sets in and the snow flies.


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