Posted on the 20th August 2017

Richard Masson reports on their bird count between Danger Point and Stanford:











Stanford Patch 19 August 2017. Peter and I did more or less the same route we did for the May count. Danger Point tide was as low as I've ever seen it. A few whimbrels, oystercatchers and numerous White-fronted Plovers. Uilenskraalmond was semi flooded and no sand or mud banks on the east side - a Giant Kingfisher, a few stilts and Blue Cranes but not one Tern at either of the first 2 sites. No chance to see if any waders had arrived. At the Franskraal Sewage ponds there were 8 Water Thick-knees, the most I have seen at one site and a few White-throated Swallows, shovellers and ducks.












No woodpeckers showed themselves at Witkrans with batis, apalis and dusky flycatcher added to the list. Witkrans always produces something and Alpine Swifts quickly disappeared when a Black Sparrowhawk circled overhead. The Uilenskraal valley held plenty of water with teals, ducks added and Plain-backed Pipit. A pair of Blue Cranes displayed obligingly. We spent some time trying to find siskin at the beefwood trees but rewarded only with plentiful Cape Canary and a few seedeaters.











On the way home we visited the protea area close to Salmonsdam adding Orange-breasted Sunbird, sugarbirds, but no grassbird. Back in Stanford we found Swee Waxbill on the Wandelpad and earlier we had done Appel Dam for White-backed, White-faced Whistling Ducks, and the normal swamphens, coots, moorhen and warblers.
I see we ended up with 86 and I recall we were mid 70's for the May count. It was a blustery day but reasonable weather. There was not too much evidence of breeding activity - a prinia with nesting material and oystercatchers copulating is all I can recall. Notable misses were no larks, no terns, no cisticolas, no Cape Sparrow or Pied Crow, heard meitjie this morning but no cuckoos or migrants (not sure if the White-throated Swallow qualifies).
It was a very pleasant mornings birding and thanks to Peter for driving, guiding and birdlassing.

Kind Regards

(Report & images by Richard Masson)














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