This is a love story featuring a pair of Speckled Pigeons (Columba guinea):
What a beautiful month this has been – no rain, sadly, but mostly clear skies with warm days and at night one can feel the winter chill moving in as if to say “Don’t be fooled, I am on my way ha ha!” The aloes coming into bloom are attracting the sunbirds: the Black Sunbird was seeking nectar elsewhere last month and is a welcome returnee, whilst the Olive Sunbird is making its annual fleeting visit.
At least three pairs of Speckled Pigeons have settled under our roof to breed. There are always one or two standing sentinel on the corner.
As the source of figs has dried up, the Redwinged Starlings keep an eye on the fruit I put out now and then. Here a female is making short work of her bite of an apple.
The Blackeyed Bulbuls also arrive soon after they spy the fruit on the feeding table.
I was very surprised to see six Rednecked Spurfowl on a warm day mid-month. Here today and gone tomorrow they were, as was the look-in by a Cape Wagtail. It has been a month for raptors too: the African Harrier-Hawk is a fairly regular visitor and was joined this month by a Yellowbilled Kite and a Verreaux’s Eagle – all exciting to see.
My April bird list is:
African Green Pigeon
African Harrier-Hawk (Gymnogene)
Black Sunbird (Amethyst)
Cape Robin (Cape Robin-chat)
Cape Turtle Dove
Common Shrike (Fiscal)
Greater Double-collared Sunbird
Rock Pigeon (Speckled)
Streakyheaded Seedeater (Canary)