Ezemvelo Trip Report

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7 years 2 months ago #30486 by Doug
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We headed out to Ezemvelo yesterday to see what spring fever had hit the grassland birds yet.

As we arrived before the reserve opened, we headed back along the sand road leading to the reserve to bird. The promise of lots of of displaying grassland birds dawned with large numbers of Red-capped Lark displaying as well as Cloud and Desert Cisticola's. Some Eastern Clapper Larks were also heard calling.

Sadly though the spring season is not in full swing yet and the early dawn excitement proved to be misleading as many of the birds are not vocal yet.

That having been said we entered the reserve and the cold and misty weather hampered the early morning birding. That did not stop Red-breasted Swallow doing a fine bought of calling from a fence to enable an excellent recording. We forged on and ended up down at the river crossing where we broke for much needed coffee during which the attentions of a soaring Vereauxx's Eagle kept us company.

Crossing the river we followed the walk along the stream and soon picked up Striped Pipit. A little further on we were treated to recordings of at least 4 separate calling Grey Tit Flycatcher (Fan-tailed Flycatcher).

Aside from grassland species, a good number of migrants are back with Greater an Lesser Striped, Barn, White-throated, Red-breasted swallows and Common House Martin all seen flying overhead.

Heading back into the grasslands and heading towards the hikers huts, Southern Anteating Chats were more than a little playful and plenty of Cape Longclaw seemed to be vigorously competing for territory. Many of the male Long-tailed Widowbirds are well on their way to full breeding plumage as was the transitional male Pin-tailed Whyday.

Near the hikers huts we found a rather tricky customer in a juvenile Pipit that probably was Buffy bit juvenile pipits on their own are not to be taken lightly and we marked it down as "most likely". Further on though we had extended photo opportunities of Buffy Pipit, Spike-heeled lark both posed and called beautifully allowing photos and recordings before continuing to feed seemingly not to bothered at our presence.

Our day finished of with nice views of both Eastern Clapper Lark and Coqui Francolin.

Overall a nice grassland birding day with the following being a list of the grasslands birds we picked up.
Cloud Cisticola
Desert Cisticola
Levaillant's Cisticola
Wailing Cisticola
Lazy Cisticola
Neddiky
Tawny-flanked Prinia
Rufous-naped Lark
Eastern Clapper Lark
Spike-heeled Lark
Red-capped Lark
Cape Longclaw
African Pipit
Buffy Pipit
Striped Pipit
Northern Black Korhaan
Coqui Francolin
Swainson's Spurfowl
Orange-river Francolin
Long-tailed Widowbird
Red-collared Widowbird
Pin-tailed Whydah
Southern Red Bishop
Crowned Lapwing
African Wattled Lapwing
Southern Anteating Chat

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7 years 2 months ago #30488 by mossie
mossie replied the topic: Re: Ezemvelo Trip Report
That's a lot of larks, pipits and cisticola's. My wife would love a trip like that <!-- s:no: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/no.gif" alt=":no:" title="Disagreement" /><!-- s:no: -->

She would probably leave me on the side of the road and drive off!!! <!-- s:biting: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/biting.gif" alt=":biting:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:biting: -->

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7 years 2 months ago #30490 by wildtuinman
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Very nice trip report, Doug.

Thanks!

Interesting about the Common House Martins. I tried to change some Pearl-breasted Swallows into Common House Martins at Bora three weekends ago but realized that they should only be back here in October. I will pop in at Ezemvelo to go check them out!

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7 years 2 months ago #30491 by Doug
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May be an early arival? Just a single bird though.

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7 years 2 months ago #30641 by Dave Shedman
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Whilst hanging out the washing in the back yard this morning I saw what I think was also a Common Housemartin. I looked up and saw it perched on our neighbours' TV aerial (appropriate place for an aerial bird). It had its back to me and was turned slightly to one side so I could see the underparts. Initially I ignored it, thinking it was a male Stonechat, until I realised it was bigger than a Stonechat and what I could see of its underparts were completely white. It was black (or maybe dark blue) all the way up its back and onto the crown. In fact, it looked, at first glance, like a small Fiscal Shrike but there was no white anywhere on the back or wings and it didn't have the longer shrike tail. It only stayed for a few seconds then flew off. We didn't see any here last summer but the summer before we used to get Common Housemartins flying over on a regular basis. Maybe we're going to have an early summer, as our current weather patterns would suggest.

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