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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by deefstes » Thu Jan 21, 2010 12:17 pm

Well done Yolandé, some great birds there and a handsome total. Are you gunning to catch up with Niall or something?

I have to say though that I share JoelR's perplexity with a Rudd's Apalis at Karkloof. I don't know that Rudd's Apalis occurs any further south than St. Lucia or at most Richard's Bay.

More significantly though, are you sure you got the Drakensberg Siskin at Jex Estate or did you see it somewhere closer to the Berg? Not only is Jex Estate also well and truly out of range but the habitat is just completely unsuitable. The Drakensberg Siskin has a very specific altitudinal preference and they are only found above 2600m. They do show some altitudinal movement in winter and come down as low as 2000m but that is still MUCH higher than Jex Estate which isn't much higher than sea level really.

I don't mean to shoot down your sightings but I just thought you'd like to know if you recorded the locality incorrectly or perhaps got the bird wrong.
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Jan 21, 2010 10:45 pm

Hi Deefstes.

Yes the apalis was indeed in St Lucia and not Karkloof- I downloaded St lucia's photos together with Karkloof's - therefore the mishap.

Well done Johann on all the new lifers! Especially the pallid and peregrine! :thumbs_up: :clap:
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Yolandé Oelsen » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:58 pm

I checked the siskin - wrong location too - it was at the lookout point at the top of the Oliviershoekpas, between Sterkfontein Dam and that Little Drakensberg resort halfway down the pass. Suppose this is what happens when you try downloading photos/drawing up lists while preparing a powerpoint presentation at the same time :redface: :twisted:
Thanks for pointing it out though. :)
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by JacoPietersen » Mon Jan 25, 2010 1:59 pm

My Total is up to 109.
Sightings include the following

Long-tailed Widowbird
Red-winged Starling
African Paradise-Flycatcher
Black-collared Barbet
Fiscal Flycatcher
Black-crowned Tchagra

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Oryx » Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:34 am

Ferdelance, please move my total up to 696.
Got Thrush Nightingale at Skukuza.
Inching forward and hope to cross the 700 barrier some time this year.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by ivan » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:01 am

new total are 467 with Abdims stork as the latest lifer my target for this year are 500
well we are off to punda for our first BBW hope to meet some forum members on the way

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Ferdelance » Wed Jan 27, 2010 10:38 am

Well I got a thick-billed weaver group on the weekend in Natal. Puts me up to 318. Hoping for some good birding on the weekend at the BBW! Will meet all the LS birders on Friday..... :thumbs_up:

Will update Januarys list next week!
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Skopsie » Thu Jan 28, 2010 5:51 pm

End of Jan total, before BBW Lower Sabie: 461

Latest lifers:
Green Sandpiper, Hans Merensky NR
Brimstone Canary, Pretoriuskop
Neddicky, Pretoriuskop
Retz's Helmet-Shrike Pretoriuskop
Little Rush-Warbler, Nylsvley
White-Winged Tern, Nylsvley
Horus Swift, Nylsvley
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by JoelR » Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:44 pm

Have been traveling around a bit for work and added 8 lifers to my tally, bringing my total up to 614. :dance:

The new additions were:
Wing-snapping Cisticola (Kaapsehoop)
Red-fronted Tinkerbird (Entumeni NR)
Pink-backed Pelican (Umgeni River Mouth, Durban)
Little Tern (Soweto on Sea, PE)
Southern Tchagra (Nahoon Estuary NR, East London)
Layard's Tit-Babbler (Hagesdam, Free State)
Eastern Clapper Lark (Hagesdam, Free State)
White-throated Canary (Hagesdam, Free State)

Also very clear sightings of birds like Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Blue Korhaan and Common Whitethroat. The in latter was yesterday in Soetdoring NR and has been submitted as a regional rarity for the Free State. Dipped on plenty of stuff too, but that's how it should be. :wink:

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Ferdelance » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:03 am

Unfortunatly birding for us on Friday was a mess with the constant rain.... but other than that we did really well on the weekend. I got 129 species in all, 14 of which are lifers for me. :dance: Up to 332 now.

Lifers include:
Square Tailed night Jar.
White-backed night heron. (Special Sighting at night in river)
Fiery Necked Night Jar.
Kurrichane Buttonquail.
Leviallant's Cuckoo.
Greater spotted Cuckoo.
African Cuckoo.
Jacobin Cuckoo.
Osprey.
Red-faced Cisticola.
White-browed Robin Chat. (Imitating a Pearl spotted owl.)
Rattling Cisticola.
Rufous Naped Lark.
Lesser grey Shrike.
Black Bellied Bustard

Some other specials that we saw were:
Martial Eagle;
White crowned Lapwing;
Black Cuckoo;
Diedriks Cukcoo;
Claas Cuckoo; (Heard)
Kori Bustard.
Awesome view of Melba Finch......

Will say more at a later stage though.....

Yolande also got some Lifers on the weekend:
She asked me to update her to 556.
Lifers:
Square-tailed Night Jar
Croaking Cisticola
Thrush Nightingale
Corn Crake.
Stiffneck on the loose.....
Latest Lifer:= Lesser Crested Tern; Rufous Winged Cisticola.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Eugene123 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 11:18 am

Up my total to 337 please.......ahead of BBW Sirheni!
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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Leonie2 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:47 pm

Managed to tick 34 lifers while on a 'work trip' with JoelR!

Yellow-Throated Longclaw - Nelspruit
African Crowned Eagle – Nelspruit
Wing-Snapping Cisticola – Kaapsehoop
Croaking Cisticola – Kaapsehoop
Eastern Bronze-Naped Pigeon – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
Emerald Cuckoo – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
White Eared Barbet – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
Yellow-Rumped Tinkerbird – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
Olive Sunbird – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
Red-Fronted Tinkerbird – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
Black-Bellied Starling – Mtumeni Forest, Eshowe
Yellow Weaver – Umlalazi NR, Mtunzini
Pink Backed Pelican – Umgeni River Mouth, Durban
Swift Tern - Umgeni River Mouth, Durban
Grey Plover – Nahoon Estuary, East London
Sanderling - Nahoon Estuary, East London
Sandwich Tern - Nahoon Estuary, East London
Black Oystercatcher - Nahoon Estuary, East London
Common Tern - Nahoon Estuary, East London
Southern Tchagra - Nahoon Estuary, East London
Common Starling - Nahoon Estuary, East London
Cape Teal – Swartskops, PE
Little Tern – Swartskops, PE
Curlew Sandpiper – Swartskops, PE
Ruddy Turnstone – Cape Recife, PE
Cape Bulbul– Cape Recife, PE
Caspian Tern – Gamtoos River Mouth NR
Lesser Kestrel – Bloemfontein
Fairy Flycatcher - Hagesdam
Cape Penduline-Tit - Hagesdam
Layard’s Tit-Babbler - Hagesdam
Grey-Backed Cisticola - Hagesdam
Double Banded Courser – Soetdoring NR, Bloemfontein
Common Whitethroat– Soetdoring NR, Bloemfontein

Up to 510! Just in time for the Sirheni BBW.

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Lizet Grobbelaar » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:38 pm

Ferdelance wrote:Unfortunatly birding for us on Friday was a mess with the constant rain.... but other than that we did really well on the weekend. I got 129 species in all, 14 of which are lifers for me. :dance: Up to 332 now.

Lifers include:
Square Tailed night Jar.
White-backed night heron. (Special Sighting at night in river)
Fiery Necked Night Jar.
Kurrichane Buttonquail.
Leviallant's Cuckoo.
Greater spotted Cuckoo.
African Cuckoo.
Jacobin Cuckoo.
Osprey.
Red-faced Cisticola.
White-browed Robin Chat. (Imitating a Pearl spotted owl.)
Rattling Cisticola.
Rufous Naped Lark.
Lesser grey Shrike.
Black Bellied Bustard


Great list well done! :clap: Nice meeting you this past weekend!

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Re: How many birds on your list

Unread post by Ferdelance » Wed Feb 03, 2010 8:32 am

Oh boy I almost forgot.... about two lifers on the Big birding weekend.

Southern Carmine Bee-eater and Yellow-throated longclaw!

Puts me on 334! :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Wed Feb 03, 2010 9:15 am

A Dusky Indigobird at Welgevonden Private Game Reserve the weekend before last puts me on 234 :)
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