Sunday, 10 June 2012

**UPDATED** Outing report- 10th June 2012 Umzimkulu Valley

(Photo Doug Butcher)

Attendees: Liz Blomeyer, Doug Butcher, Sue Hansbury, Margaret Jones, Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Hazel van Rooyen, Ron Whitham, Barrie Willis. (9 attendees).

(Photo Doug Butcher)

The prospect of a cold and windy day certainly seemed to put some of our members off for this outing. However, once we were tucked down in the valley, the temperature soon rose and we found ourselves removing our excess clothing. Although the birding was not outstanding, we did have good sightings of Southern Tchagra in the usual spot and managed to add three species to the checklist (highlighted in blue below). The flowering aloes were exceptional at this time of year.

Hamerkop heads downstream
(Photo Hazel van Rooyen)

Liz, Hazel, Sue, Barrie, Ron & Andy decided to pop in to Leopard Rock on the way home. Here we had wonderful sightings of Mocking Cliff-chat, Cape Rock-thrush and Striped Pipit, whilst sipping our teas & coffees on the deck.

Birds recorded: Dark-capped Bulbul, Fork-tailed Drongo, Red-eyed Dove, Yellow-fronted Canary, Burchell's Coucal, Neddicky, Southern Boubou, Sombre Greenbul, Hadeda Ibis, Speckled Mousebird, Bar-throated Apalis, White-browed Scrub-Robin, Black-headed Oriole, Tawny-flanked Prinia, African Firefinch, Egyptian Goose, Brown-throated Martin, African Pied Wagtail, African Black Duck, Southern Tchagra, Hamerkop, Spectacled Weaver, White-bellied Sunbird, Common Waxbill, Cape Batis, Green-backed Camaroptera, Golden-breasted Bunting, Giant Kingfisher, Southern Black Tit, Southern Black Flycatcher, Cape Starling, Woolly-necked Stork, African Fish-Eagle, White-necked Raven, Common Fiscal, Amethyst Sunbird, Cape Wagtail, Brown Scrub-Robin, Cape Turtle-Dove, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Knysna Turaco, African Stonechat. (42 species). Leopard Rock- Pin-tailed Whydah, Mocking Cliff-chat, African Dusky Flycatcher, Cape Rock-thrush, Bronze Mannikin, Cape White-eye, Village Weaver, Southern Grey-headed Sparrow, Red-winged Starling, Rock Martin, Striped Pipit. (53 for the day) 

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