After the wet and gloomy weather of the last few days, it was a pleasure to lead the monthly Kirstenbosch bird walk in glorious sunshine this morning. A couple of interesting sightings which might be of interest to netters were:
1. Two White-backed Mousebirds in the area of the Protea Garden. Brian Vanderwalt’s recent report of one may well be a first for Kirstenbosch and it is not mentioned in Peter Ryan’s excellent Kirstenbosch Birds booklet.
2. A Brown-backed Honeybird also in the vicinity of the Protea Garden. The white outer tail feathers were seen well in flight and the perched bird was then observed before it flew again with a male Southern Double-collared Sunbird “seeing it off”.
3. A Black Saw-wing (Swallow) over the Dell. This seems remarkably early for a returning migrant, even an inter-African one.