Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Outing report- 8th January 2012 Buhr's Farm, Paddock

by Andy Ruffle

(Image: Google Earth)

Attendees: Nick Baglow, Stan & Val Culley, Mike Fagan, Margaret Jones, Bob & Hazel van Rooyen, Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Ron Whitham, Sue Hansbury & Barry Willis. (12 attendees)

Incredibly, the last time we visited this venue was in March 2007. Gerald meeting us to show us the way was much appreciated, as many of the more recent members are unfamiliar with the location of the farm. Thanks go to Eric for arranging this. It was quite an amusing sight I believe, seeing a 5ft 4in me standing next to the huge stature of Gerald. Thankfully no photos, I hope.
Birding saw the usual suspects and was challenging as always at this time of year.
There was a surprising lack of activity on the dams, but with high water levels maybe it's to be expected.
A pair of Grey Crowned Cranes entertained us nicely whilst eating our picnic lunch. 

Birds recorded: Barn Swallow, Egyptian Goose, Long-crested Eagle, Red-collared Widow, Fan-tailed Widow, Blacksmith Lapwing, Olive Sunbird, Burchell's Coucal, Common Fiscal, Yellow-billed Kite, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Hadeda Ibis, Spectacled Weaver, Yellow-billed Duck, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Three-banded Plover, Cape Batis, Cape Grassbird, Little Rush-Warbler, Black-collared Barbet, White-bellied Sunbird, Pin-tailed Whydah, Village Weaver, Yellow-fronted Canary, Black Saw-wing, Dark-capped Bulbul, Cape Weaver, Southern Red Bishop, Levaillant's Cisticola, Steppe Buzzard, African Stonechat, Neddicky, Cape White-eye, Southern Boubou, Black Cuckoo, African Fish-Eagle, Lesser Striped-Swallow, Red-eyed Dove, White-necked Raven, White-throated Swallow, Eastern Olive-Pigeon, Spur-winged Goose, Brown-throated Martin, Speckled Pigeon, Lesser Honeyguide, Sombre Greenbul, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-headed Oriole, Amethyst Sunbird, Red-throated Wryneck, Zitting Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola. (52 species)

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