10 June 2022

Mellow Yellow amongst the Wild Dagga

31 May 2022 - Northern Farms

Andre and I had tried unsuccessfully on our previous visits to find Yellow Warbler. Last week Andre let a Bird Club outing and connected with a number of these Warblers, so we hatched a plan for an early morning visit to try again.

We met early at the gate and picked up a Cape Longclaw sitting high on a plant in the soft early morning light.

Cape Longclaw (Macronyx capensis)

We then headed to the quarry and placed ourselves in amongst the Wild Dagga plants waiting for the sun to rise and get a little warmer. We picked up many of the usual suspects and enjoyed watching the two resident Sunbird's feeding on the flowering Wild Dagga (Leonotis). A few Amethyst were the most obliging

Amethyst Sunbird (Chalcomitra amethystina)

Andre then picked up a Yellow Warbler low down in the Leonotis and we watched it working its way up the plant, stopping to sing every now and then - just magic in the crisp early morning light

African Yellow Warbler (Iduna natalensis)

There were around 3 - 4 birds and they moved around in the general area, giving more views of this not often seen species

African Yellow Warbler (Iduna natalensis)

Shortly after enjoying the Warbler's we had a distant Peregrine Falcon fly-by, another great bird for this location

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

As this was a focused outing, we called it a morning but stopped briefly at the large dam where there was a mixed species Heronry and had a Grey Heron flyby

Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

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