Trevor's SA RareBirdNews on 10 August again reported some excellent sightings in the Western Cape:
Starting in the Western Cape, a pelagic trip out of Simon’s Town on Thursday produced a NORTHERN ROYAL ALBATROSS whilst another on Saturday turned up a brief SPECTACLED PETREL. The very popular, but extremely erratic, TREE PIPIT at Perdekloof continued to entertain some lucky onlookers on Friday, but unfortunately, there was no access to the general public on the long weekend to look for this bird. However, one of the residents at Perdekloof confirmed that the bird was still present there earlier today, so now we will have to wait to see if SANParks opens up the area again this week for birders wanting to try for it. Another slightly odd record earlier today was a male COMMON CHAFFICH at Paardevlei near Strand, well away from the usual populations on the Peninsula.
On the west coast, a LESSER SAND PLOVER was located at Geelbek in the West Coast National Park yesterday whilst, on Saturday, a breeding plumaged RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was found at the Kliphoek Salt Pans in Velddrif and was still present there today. Also of interest at Velddrif was a single GOLIATH HERON reported along the Berg River on Sunday whilst, over in the north-east of the province, 2 CAPE GLOSSY STARLINGS were reported near Doornhoek picnic site in the Karoo National Park on Saturday.
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