The usual bird life that one finds in Jo'burg's suburbs; Loeries, Burchells Coucal, Cape Robin, Thrushes, Hadedas, Doves, Sparrows, Weavers (which tear up new palm leaves), Mousebirds (speckled and red-faced) etc... Some of the special visitiors we get every summer are Paradise Flycatchers.
They have gone back to warmer parts; I like to imagine that they spend winter in the Park.
This last summer was remarkable in that brand new summer visitors to Jo'burg spent their whole summer in the vicinity of our home...European Bee-Eaters! It was definitely new and exciting to have them in the heart of this metropolis and I had a stiff neck for the first few days after they arrived...truly beautiful birds.
We often get Grey Herons who visit the pond alone (but there is more than one) in the early morning. Regularly enjoy Rameron Pigeons in the trees and at the water and a non-indigenous but established population of Rose Ringed Parakeets (in SASOL Bird Book) frequently fly through at speed, sometimes stopping to eat seasonal berries or perch briefly and once the whole colony took up nightly residence in a neighbouring Poplar tree!
We were treated to daily sightings of Yellow Billed Kites soaring over suburbia, parks and golf courses even over the freeway. We had two visits from a Little Sparrow Hawk, it caught a Dark Capped Bulbul (new name
) on our lawn! We saw it again a few weeks later.
Probably the most surprising discovery, though not a pleasant one as it has been killing the ducks on our pond...is a GENET! Yes, Genets are starting to flourish in Jo'burg...they have adapted to life in the city and a volunteer at a local Rehabilitation centre told me that there have been many reports of them from the suburbs and a number of babies have been brought in!
Well, that's about it from me...I just need the Genet to prey on something else...
It seems that there is more wildlife in one's own garden than one realises, many people simply don't know.