The place is quaint, not over the top, and very affordable. And there was no shortage of bird life as we walked to our room. The first birds I spotted was a SOUTHERN FISCAL followed by a COMMON BULBUL. After getting to our room I headed out on the porch where 2 SPECKLED MOUSEBIRDS flew into view--very cool birds.
From the same tree a SOUTHERN MASKED-WEAVER took flight.
As I followed it I spotted the bulbul being harassed by a pair of CAPE WHITE-EYES. Then a small bird caught my eyes on a light post--it was a RED-THROATED WRYNECK, from the woodpecker family. It would be the only wryneck I saw in the following weeks.
Across the fields from the porch I made out a bird in the top of a tree that turned out to be an AFRICAN SACRED IBIS--several would flyover over along with Glossy Ibis, and HADADA IBIS. There were constantly doves and pigeons flying over of which I ID’d 3 or 4 species. Over the course of the afternoon more and more HELMETED GUINEAFOWL poured into the field--there were probably close to 50 by dusk.
Lots of small birds flew over, seeping, and tweeting, but most were left unidentified. There were 4 COMMON MYNA behind our room that made a racket all afternoon as well, while the last lifer of the day was a flyover EGYPTIAN GOOSE.
I spent a good deal of the afternoon sleeping to make up for the lack of sleep on the flight, so I probably missed some good birds--but I figured the next 5 days would be packed with plenty to make up for it! All in all it seemed like a great afternoon of birds in South Africa... But the next day would begin to open my eyes to what Africa really has to offer--the unbelievable.
16 life birds in JoBurg / 34 total trip life birds / 42 total trip species
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