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 Post subject: When do birds return?
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2009 10:47 am 
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Heard a ruckus outside a bit earlier and went to investigate since the weavers and sparrows never go that wild.

Found a Diederik Cuckoo pestering them! According to Roberts they return in September only so a bit early? The moment it saw us it scooted away over the roof. Unmistakeable Diederik though.


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 Post subject: Re: When do birds return?
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GP, that's great news!! :dance:
I think they start returning from the second week in August which is about now, can't wait! :D

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I saw my first yellow-billed Kite on 31st July.


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GP - and that very special big spur-winged Dutch eagle is landing soon!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

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That's correct Billyf. :lol:
Pity the Amethyst and White-bellied Sunbirds are gone though. The moment the temps started rising they disappeared.
Amazing how birds 'feel' seasons.


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 Post subject: Re: When do birds return?
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They ussually start coming back round about from late august and then throughout, but most of them start coming from october thats when bassically all of them arrive

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 Post subject: Re: When do birds return?
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salamanda wrote:
I saw my first yellow-billed Kite on 31st July.


That is about when I saw mine. Most of the migrants are back in this part of the world already. :thumbs_up: Do they know something we don't? :hmz:


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Well, today only I saw Yellow-billed kite around Punda for the first time this season :hmz:

I'm not surprised though, last year the Woodland kingfishers only arrived at the camp in Dec. while they had been all over the rest of the Park for a couple of weeks already! We had late rains though...
If I recall a comment on the Bird Atlassing Project 2 (BIRPII), the project want to focus on when the migrants return/depart to see if there's a change in migratory bird arrivals/departures.

Anyhow, notice how the nectar feeders and fruit eaters move between food plants as different species flowers or bear fruits at different times of the year. Guess you guys will have to get to know your trees as well! :whistle: :twisted: Nature is sooo interesting - it keeps you on your toes!

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Well I saw my first White-throated Swallow on Saturday whilst birding at Kgomo-Kgomo. So can't wait for the others to come back. :dance:

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Betelgeuse wrote:

Anyhow, notice how the nectar feeders and fruit eaters move between food plants as different species flowers or bear fruits at different times of the year. Guess you guys will have to get to know your trees as well! :whistle: :twisted: Nature is sooo interesting - it keeps you on your toes!


It sure does. There has been a mass of sunbirds in the garden on the aloes for the last few weeks - now suddenly they are gone and at the same time there is hardly a flower left. So what are they feeding on now . . . I see that the Erythrinas locally are coming into bloom as is the Cape Honeysuckle so maybe this is the new plat du jour !


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Some birds are either lazy or miss the bus.

Last year in mid winter, my wife said she saw a YBK on the Blue route, I said naah, you must be mistaken. We went along there a few days later and I was made to eat my words. We both saw it.

A Klaas's cuskoo played the fool with me outside my house a few winters ago. Every time I heard it and dashed out, it would shut up and I couldn't see it in the pine trees. Eventually it came out onto a branch.

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YBK is on the farm for the last 2 weeks and yesterday saw Egyptian goose with 7 day old ducklings(gooslings?)


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We did a round trip from Cape Town to Hopefield, Langebaan and WCNP on Sunday . Yellow-billed kites were out in full force...9 in total 2 of which I spotted in WCNP.
There and then I felt like summer had arrived...but yesterday and today's weather made me change my mind :shock:


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 Post subject: Re: When do birds return?
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@Caracal,
I know this has nothing to do with "When do birds return" but did you see a Black Harrier this time in WCNP?

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 Post subject: Re: When do birds return?
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Bush Baptist wrote:
A Klaas's cuskoo played the fool with me outside my house a few winters ago. Every time I heard it and dashed out, it would shut up and I couldn't see it in the pine trees. Eventually it came out onto a branch.


The little %^&%# was in a tree in my garden on Sunday - or it was a relative he sent to annoy me. I crept inside to get the camera, but he vanished.

We have also seen YBK and Steppe buzzards on the highways 2 weeks ago.

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