We had a good turn out for the walk (18) and our bird count was 69. The weather was a bit odd to start with as there was a heavy mist hanging above the reserve and there was almost a slight drizzle at times but then the sun came out and it was hot, hot, hot and the birding got much better. From the top path we had great views of Cape Rock Thrush, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Golden Weaver. Plenty of sunbirds, various weavers both Olive and Kurrichane Thrush. Diederik, Klaas’s and Red-chested Cuckoos called – a few people managed to see the Diederik. Raptors – maybe not as good as usual, Common Buzzard, Crowned Eagle, African Harrier Hawk and African Gos; the Fish Eagle was heard.
The flowers are always a delight at Springside and this year the ground orchids were superb, Disa , Eulophia and Satriuyms, also lots of flowering trees.
The pic of the mating Rain Forest Brown butterflies is Sandi’s, the rest of the pics are from Cheryl (the Golden Weaver is fabulous).
We collected R300 for the Hillcrest Conservancy – thanks to your generous donations.
Firstly thanks to the Hillcrest Conservancy and in particular George Victor for arranging access at 06:00 which was much appreciated. We had a very good turn out ±36 (all those New Year resolutions!) and our composite bird countfrom the 3 groups was 69. I think the specials were the excellent views of the Brown backed Honeybird, Lesser Honeyguide, Golden Weaver and a really superb Grassbird. Our raptor count was not too shabby either with good views of Common (Steppe) Buzzard and a pair of African Harrier Hawks, YBK’s, Long crested Eagle and brief views of a Crowned Eagle. Some photos attached.
Cheers and best wishes for good birding in 2013 – Elena