28 October 2022

Kyalami Estates - September Round-up

30 September 2022 - Kyalami Estates

I missed the August round-up, but as we were away quite a bit, there was not too much report. September means spring has sprung and the cold days of winter give way to longer and warmer days from here on out. 

September also means the imminent arrival of migrants with the intra-African migrants being the first to arrive. So, I recorded White-throated and Greater-striped Swallow as well as White-rumped Swifts. 57 species were seen in September including; Freckled Nightjar, Green Pigeon, Grey Hornbill, Cardinal Woodpecker, Red-throated Wryneck and Greater Honeyguide amongst the usual residents.

On walks around the main Park there were the usual African Olive Pigeons

African Olive Pigeon (Columba arquatrix)


A Streaky-headed Seedeater had been quite vocal for a week during September

Streaky-headed Seedeater (Crithagra gularis)



Green Wood-hoopoe's move a lot around the Estate

Green Wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)




The pair of White-throated Swallows were nest building and also seen  consummating their relationship 

White-throated Swallow (Hirundo albigularis)




In the reeds, the Southern Red Bishops were slowly transitioning to their summer/breeding plumage and even starting to woo the ladies

Southern Red Bishop (Euplectes orix)











At the St Ledger Dam, Thick-billed Weavers were also starting to get busy

Male Thick-billed Weaver (Amblyospiza albifrons)


As were the Cape Weavers

Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis)


A lot of the action was in my garden, as my Weeping Boer Bean was in full flower and this attracted a good variety of species for most of the month; Cape White-Eye's

Cape White-eye (Zosterops virens)










Green Woodhoopoe's

Green Wood-hoopoe (Phoeniculus purpureus)



Red-winged Starling

Red-winged Starling (Onychognathus morio)






Common Myna's

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)



and even Cape Sparrow's

Female Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)

Male Cape Sparrow (Passer melanurus)







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