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THE BIRDLIFE OVERBERG BIRD COUNT DURING LOCKDOWN IN MAY 2020

Posted on the 14th May 2020

THE BLO BAROMETER CHECKLIST FOR MAY

This is a list of bird species seen in the Overberg by BirdLife Overberg members and a few others during May 2020. This was when the lockdown period was downgraded to level 4. The name and place stated in brackets merely indicates who reported a sighting of the species before any of the other participants. The list is being updated on a daily basis as reports are received.

1. ALBATROSS, SHY/ BLOUBEKALBATROS (Lester off Vermont)
2. APALIS, BAR-THROATED/ BANDKEELKLEINJANTJIE (Carin at Arabella)
3. BARBET, ACACIA PIED/ BONTHOUTKAPPER (Steve at Napier)
4. BATIS, CAPE/ KAAPSE BOSBONTROKKIE (Anton at Onrus)
5. BISHOP, SOUTHERN RED/ ROOIVINK (Carin at Arabella)
6. BISHOP, YELLOW / KAAPSE FLAP (Carin at Arabella)
7. BOKMAKIERIE (Carin at Arabella)
8. BOUBOU, SOUTHERN/ SUIDELIKE WATERFISKAAL (Anton at Onrus)
9. BULBUL, CAPE/ KAAPSE TIPTOL (Anton at Onrus)
10. BUNTING, CAPE/ ROOIVLERKSTREEPKOPPIE (Steve at Napier)
11. BUSTARD, DENHAM’S/ VELDPOU (Steve at Napier)
12. BUZZARD, JACKAL/ ROOIBORSJAKKALSVOëL (Steve at Napier)
13. CANARY, CAPE/ KAAPSE KANARIE (Johan at Hermanus)
14. CANARY, BRIMSTONE/ DIKBEKKANARIE (Carin at Arabella)
15. CANARY, YELLOW/ GEELKANARIE (Steve at Napier)
16. CHAT, FAMILIAR/ GEWONE SPEKVRETER (Steve at Napier)
17. CISTICOLA, GREY-BACKED/ GRYSRUGTINKTINKIE (Steve at Napier)
18. CISTICOLA, LEVAILLANT’S/ VLEITINTINKIE (Carin at Arabella)
19. COOT, RED-KNOBBED/ BLESHOENDER (Anton at Onrus)
20. CORMORANT, BANK/ BANKDUIKER (David at Betty’s Bay)
21. CORMORANT, CAPE/ TREKDUIKER (Anton at Onrus)
22. CORMORANT, CROWNED/ KUIFKOPDUIKER (Johan at Onrus)
23. CORMORANT, REED/ RIETDUIKER (Anton at Onrus)
24. CORMORANT, WHITE-BREASTED/ WITBORSDUIKER (Anton at Onrus)
25. COUCAL, BURCHELL’S/ GEWONE VLEILOERIE (David at Betty’s Bay)
26. CRAKE, BLACK/ SWARTRIETHAAN (Richard at Stanford)
27. CRANE, BLUE/ BLOUKRAANVOëL (Carin at Arabella)
28. CROMBEC, LONG-BILLED/ BOSVELDSTOMPSTERT (Helen at Rooiels)
29. CROW, CAPE/ SWARTKRAAI (Carin at Arabella)
30. CROW, PIED/ WITBORSKRAAI (Anton at Onrus)
31. DARTER, AFRICAN/ SLANGHALSVOëL (Anton at Onrus)
32. DOVE, LAUGHING/ ROOIBORSDUIFIE (Anton at Onrus)
33. DOVE, RED-EYED/ GROOTRINGDUIF (Anton at Onrus)
34. DOVE, RING-NECKED/ TORTELDUIF (Carin at Arabella)
35. DOVE, ROCK/ TUINDUIF (Carin at Arabella)
36. DOVE, TAMBOURINE/ WITBORSDUIFIE (Steve at Napier)
37. DRONGO, FORK-TAILED/ MIKSTERTBYVANGER (Carin at Arabella)
38. DUCK, AFRICAN BLACK/ SWARTEEND (Carin at Arabella)
39. DUCK, WHITE-BACKED/ WITRUGEEND (Richard at Stanford)
40. DUCK, WHITE-FACED WHISTLING-/ NONNETJIE-EEND (Carin at Arabella)
41. DUCK, YELLOW-BILLED/ GEELBEKEEND (Carin at Arabella)
42. EAGLE, AFRICAN FISH-/ VISAREND (Carin at Arabella)
43. EAGLE, MARTIAL/ BREëKOPAREND (Steve at Napier)
44. EAGLE, VERREAUX’S (BLACK)/ WITKRUISAREND (Steve at Napier)
45. EAGLE-OWL, SPOTTED/ GEVLEKTE OORUIL (Duncan at Fernkloof)
46. EGRET, WESTERN CATTLE/ BOSLUISVOëL of VEEREIER (Carin at Arabella)
47. EGRET, INTERMEDIATE (YELLOW-BILLED)/ GEELBEKWITREIER (David at Betty’s Bay)
48. EGRET, LITTLE/ KLEINWITREIER (Anton at Onrus)
49. FALCON, PEREGRINE/ SWERFVALK (David at Betty’s Bay)
50. FALCON, LANNER/ EDELVALK (Steve at Napier)
51. FISCAL, SOUTHERN/ FISKAALLAKSMAN (Carin at Arabella)
52. FLAMINGO, GREATER/ GROOTFLAMINK (Carin at Arabella)
53. FLYCATCHER, AFRICAN DUSKY/ DONKERVLIEëVANGER (Steve at Napier)
54. FLYCATCHER, FISCAL/ FISKAALVLEëVANGER (Anton at Onrus)
55. FRANCOLIN, GREY-WINGED/ BERGPATRYS (Steve at Napier)
56. GANNET, CAPE/ WITMALGAS (Johan at Onrus)
57. GOOSE, EGYPTIAN/ KOLGANS (Anton at Onrus)
58. GOOSE, SPUR-WINGED/ WILDEMAKOU (Carin at Arabella)
59. GOSHAWK, AFRICAN/ AFRIKAANSE SPERWER (Anton at Onrus)
60. GRASSBIRD, CAPE/ GRASVOëL (Carin at Arabella)
61. GREBE, GREAT CRESTED/ KUIFKOPDOBBERTJIE (Carin at Arabella)
62. GREBE, LITTLE/ KLEINDOBBERTJIE (Carin at Arabella)
63. GREENBUL, SOMBRE/ GEWONE WILLIE (Anton at Onrus)
64. GUINEAFOWL, HELMETED/GEWONE TARENTAAL (Carin at Arabella)
65. GULL, GREY-HEADED/ GRYSKOPMEEU (Anton at Onrus)
66. GULL, HARTLAUB’S/ HARTLAUBSE MEEU (Anton at Onrus)
67. GULL, KELP/ KELPMEEU (Anton at Onrus)
68. HAMERKOP (Carin at Arabella)
69. HARRIER, AFRICAN MARSH-/AFRIKAANSE VLEIVALK (Carin at Arabella)
70. HARRIER-HAWK, AFRICAN (GYMNOGENE)/ KAALWANGVALK (Elaine in Onrus)
71. HERON, BLACK-HEADED/ SWARTKOPREIER (Anton at Onrus)
72. HERON, GREY/ BLOUREIER (Anton at Onrus)
73. HERON, PURPLE/ ROOIREIER (Carl at Kleinmond)
74. HOOPOE, AFRICAN/ HOEPHOEP (Anton in Hermanus)
75. IBIS, AFRICAN SACRED/ SKOORSTEENVEëR (Anton at Onrus)
76. IBIS, HADEDA/ HADEDA (Anton at Onrus)
77. JAEGER, PARASITIC/ ARKTIESE ROOFMEEU (Lester at Vermont)
78. KESTREL, ROCK/ KRANSVALK (Anton at Onrus)
79. KINGFISHER, GIANT/ REUSEVISVANGER (Carin at Arabella)
80. KINGFISHER, MALACHITE/ KUIFKOPVISVANGER (Helen at Rooiels)
81. KINGFISHER, PIED/ BONTVISVANGER (Anton at Onrus)
82. KITE, BLACK-SHOULDERED/ BLOUVALK (Steve at Napier)
83. LAPWING, BLACKSMITH/ BONTKIEWIET (Anton at Onrus)
84. LARK, AGULHAS LONG-BILLED/ OVERBERGLANGBEKLEWERIK (Steve at Napier)
85. LARK, CAPE CLAPPER/ KAAPSE KLAPPERTJIE (Steve at Napier)
86. LARK, LARGE-BILLED/ DIKBEKLEWERIK (Steve at Napier)
87. LARK, RED-CAPPED/ ROOIKOPLEWERIK (Steve at Napier)
88. LONGCLAW, CAPE/ ORANJEKEELKALKOENTJIE (Anton at Onrus)
89. MARTIN, BROWN-THROATED/ AFRIKAANSE OEWERSWAEL (Carin at Arabella)
90. MARTIN, ROCK/ KRANSSWAEL (David at Betty’s Bay)
91. MOORHEN, COMMON/ GROOTWATERHOENDER (Anton at Onrus)
92. MOUSEBIRD, RED-FACED/ ROOIWANGMUISVOëL (Anton at Onrus)
93. MOUSEBIRD, SPECKLED/ GEVLEKTE MUISVOëL (Anton at Onrus)
94. NEDDICKY/ NEDDIKKIE (Helen at Rooiels)
95. NIGHT-HERON, BLACK-CROWNED/GEWONE NAGREIER (Carl at Kleinmond)
96. NIGHTJAR, FIERY-NECKED/ AFRIKAANSE NAGUIL (Steve at Napier)
97. OYSTERCATCHER, AFRICAN/ SWARTTOBIE (Anton at Onrus)
98. PEAFOWL, INDIAN/ GEWONE POU (Steve at Napier)
99. PENGUIN, AFRICAN/ BRILPIKKEWYN (David at Betty’s Bay)
100. PETREL, NORTHERN GIANT/ GROOTNELLIE (Johan at Vermont)
101. PETREL, SOUTHERN GIANT/ REUSENELLIE (Johan at Vermont)
102. PETREL, WHITE-CHINNED/ BASSIAAN (Johan at Vermont)
103. PIGEON, SPECKLED/ KRANSDUIF (Anton at Onrus)
104. PIPIT, AFRICAN/ GEWONE KOESTER (Steve at Napier)
105. PIPIT, LONG-BILLED/ NICHOLSONSE KOESTER (Steve at Napier)
106. PIPIT, PLAIN-BACKED/ DONKERKOESTER (Steve at Napier)
107. PLOVER, COMMON RINGED/ RINGNEKSTRANDKIEWIET (Carin at Arabella)
108. PLOVER, KITTLITZ’S/ GEELBORSSTRANDKIEWIET (Carin at Arabella)
109. PLOVER, THREE-BANDED/DRIEBANDSTRANDKIEWIET (Carin at Arabella)
110. PLOVER, WHITE-FRONTED/ VAALSTRANDKIEWIET (Anton at Onrus)
111. PRINIA, KAROO/ KAROOLANGSTERTJIE (Carin at Arabella)
112. RAVEN, WHITE-NECKED/ WITHALSKRAAI (Steve at Napier)
113. ROBIN-CHAT, CAPE/ GEWONE JANFREDERIK (Anton at Onrus)
114. ROCK-JUMPER, CAPE/ KAAPSE BERGLYSTER (Helen at Rooiels)
115. ROBIN, KAROO SCRUB-/ SLANGVERKLIKKER (Steve at Napier)
116. ROCK-THRUSH, CAPE/ KAAPSE KLIPLYSTER (David at Betty’s Bay)
117. SAW-WING, BLACK/ SWARTSAAGVLERKSWAEL (Carin at Arabella)
118. SEEDEATER, STREAKY-HEADED/ STREEPKOPKANARIE (Carin at Arabella)
119. SHOVELER, CAPE/ KAAPSE SLOPEEND (Carin at Arabella)
120. SISKIN, CAPE/ KAAPSE PIETJIEKANARIE (Helen at Rooiels)
121. SKUA, SUBANTARCTIC/BRUINROOFMEEU (Johan at Vermont)
122. SPARROW, CAPE/ GEWONE MOSSIE (Anton at Onrus)
123. SPARROW, HOUSE/ HUISMOSSIE (Anton at Onrus)
124. SPARROW, SOUTHERN GREY-HEADED/ (SUIDELIKE) GRYSKOPMOSSIE (Anton at Onrus)
125. SPARROWHAWK, BLACK/ SWARTSPERWER (Steve at Napier)
126. SPARROWHAWK, RUFOUS-CHESTED/ ROOIBORSSPERWER (Johan in Hermanus)
127. SPOONBILL, AFRICAN/ LEPELAAR (Carin at Arabella)
128. SPURFOWL, CAPE/ KAAPSE FISANT (Anton at Onrus)
129. STARLING, COMMON/ EUROPESE SPREEU (Anton at Onrus)
130. STARLING, PIED/ WITGATSPREEU (Steve at Napier)
131. STARLING, RED-WINGED/ ROOIVLERKSPREEU (Anton in Hermanus)
132. STILT, BLACK-WINGED/ ROOIPOOTELSIE (Carin at Arabella)
133. STONECHAT, AFRICAN/ GEWONE BONTROKKIE (Carin at Arabella)
134. SUGARBIRD, CAPE/ KAAPSE SUIKERVOëL (Carin at Arabella)
135. SUNBIRD, AMETHYST/SWARTSUIKERBEKKIE (Steve at Napier)
136. SUNBIRD, MALACHITE/ JANGROENTJIE (Carin at Arabella)
137. SUNBIRD, ORANGE-BREASTED/ ORANJEBORSSUIKERBEKKIE (Dawid ar Arabella)
138. SUNBIRD, SOUTHERN DOUBLE-COLLARED/ KLEIN-ROOIBANDSUIKERBEKKIE (Anton at Onrus)
139. SWALLOW, BARN/ EUROPESE SWAEL (Carin at Arabella)
140. SWALLOW, GREATER STRIPED/ GROOTSTREEPSWAEL (David at Betty’s Bay)
141. SWAMPHEN, AFRICAN PURPLE/ GROOTKONINGRIETHAAN (Carl at Kleinmond)
142. SWIFT, WHITE-RUMPED/ WITKRUISWINDSWAEL (Steve at Napier)
143. TCHAGRA, SOUTHERN/ GRYSBORSTJAGRA (Johan at Hermanus)
144. TEAL, CAPE/ TEELEEND (Carl at Kleinmond)
145. TEAL, RED-BILLED/ ROOIBEKEEND (Carin at Arabella)
146. TERN, COMMON/ GEWONE STERRETJIE (Anton at Onrus)
147. TERN, GREATER CRESTED/ GEELBEKSTERRETJIE (Anton at Onrus)
148. TERN, SANDWICH/ GROOTSTERRETJIE (Anton at Onrus)
149. THICK-KNEE, SPOTTED/ GEWONE DIKKOP (Anton at Onrus)
150. THICK-KNEE, WATER/ WATERDIKKOP (Carin at Arabella)
151. THRUSH, OLIVE/ OLYFLYSTER (Anton at Onrus)
152. WAGTAIL, CAPE/ GEWONE KWIKKIE (Anton at Onrus)
153. WARBLER, LESSER SWAMP-/ KAAPSE RIETSANGER (Anton at Onrus)
154. WARBLER , LITTLE RUSH-/ KAAPSE VLEISANGER (Anton at Onrus)
155. WAXBILL, COMMON/ ROOIBEKSYSIE (Carl at Kleinmond)
156. WAXBILL, SWEE/ SUIDELIKE SWIE (Carin at Arabella)
157. WEAVER, CAPE/ KAAPSE WEWER (Anton at Onrus)
158. WEAVER, SOUTHERN MASKED-/ SWARTKEELGEELVINK (Steve at Napier)
159. WHEATEAR, CAPPED/ HOëVELDSKAAPWAGTER (Steve at Napier)
160. WHIMBREL/ KLEINWULP (Anton at Onrus)
161. WHITE-EYE, CAPE/ KAAPSE GLASOGIE (Anton at Onrus)
162. WHYDAH, PIN-TAILED/ KONINGROOIBEKKIE (Carin at Arabella)
163. WOODPECKER, GROUND/ GRONDSPEG (Helen at Rooiels)
164. WOODPECKER, CARDINAL/ KARDINAALSPEG (Steve at Napier)
165. WOODPECKER, KNYSNA/ KNYSNASPEG (Riaan at Kleinbaai)
166. WOODPECKER, OLIVE/ GRYSKOPSPEG (Johan in Onrus) 

SOME VERY EXCITING SIGHTINGS WERE ALSO RECEIVED FROM MEMBERS NOT LIVING IN THE OVERBERG OR FROM NON-MEMBERS:
1. The AFRICAN HAWK EAGLE was again reported by Plum Lategan at Bergsig Wine Estate farm between Worcester and Ceres.
2. Most excitingly WHITE-FRONTED BEE-EATERS were reported from both Hermanus Heights and Vermont

SPECIES REPORTED BY MEMBERS FROM OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY
1. Jane Angus observed Black-collared and Crested Barbets, Dark-mantled Bulbul, Grey Go-away-bird, African Grey Hornbill, Glossy Ibis, Rose-ringed Parakeet, Cape Starling, Karoo Thrush and Common Myna in Johannesburg.
2. Gary Baumgarten saw a Forest Buzzard at Franschhoek
3. Ashley Smith added White-backed Mousebirds from the Cape Town area

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