Friday, 1 June 2012

Outing report- 27th May 2012 Umdoni Park, Pennington

View from the Otter Site Deck
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Attendees: Doug Butcher, Stan & Val Culley, Lennart Eriksson, Mike Fagan, Stanley & Asothie Gengan, Evelyn Heunis, Margaret Jones, Andrew Pickles, Andy Ruffle, Irma Smook, Hazel van Rooyen, Ron & Elaine Whitham. (15 attendees).

It's always a pleasure to visit this well maintained oasis and today's visit was no exception. The winter altidudinal migrants were evident with both Spotted Ground-thrush and White-starred Robin being seen. Green Malkoha gave fleeting glimpses for the lucky few and a Brown-backed Honeybird at the Enviro Centre was nice to see. Gorgeous Bush-shrike and Scaly-throated Honeyguide could be heard calling, but failed to show themselves.

The new Otter Viewing Site deck
(Photo Andy Ruffle)

Birds recorded: Brown Scrub-Robin, Spotted Ground-Thrush, Olive Sunbird, Sombre Greenbul, Collared Sunbird, Square-tailed Drongo, Black-backed Puffback, Red-capped Robin-Chat, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Tambourine Dove, Red-eyed Dove, Fork-tailed Drongo, Crowned Hornbill, Black-headed Oriole, Trumpeter Hornbill, Southern Boubou, Black-bellied Starling, Hadeda Ibis, African Pied Wagtail, Dark-capped Bulbul, White-eared Barbet, Bronze Mannikin, Terrestrial Brownbul, White-starred Robin, Green Malkoha, Knysna Turaco, Dark-backed Weaver, Grey Sunbird, White-bellied Sunbird, Cape White-eye, African Dusky Flycatcher, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black Saw-wing, Yellow-fronted Canary, Gorgeous Bush-Shrike, Green-backed Camaroptera, Egyptian Goose, Three-banded Plover, Yellow-bellied Greenbul, Crowned Eagle, Mountain Wagtail, Purple-crested Turaco, Bar-throated Apalis, Grey Waxbill, Lemon Dove, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black-collared Barbet, Green Twinspot, Golden-tailed Woodpecker, Brown-backed Honeybird, African Paradise-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Chinspot Batis, Blacksmith Lapwing. (54 species)

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