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4 years 11 months ago #82227 by mossie
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Woo-hoo another lifer!

Went for my run on the golf course in George, and along the riverside vegetation I heard something I had never heard before...new call...new bird. It sounded like a mixture of cape robin, weaver and warbler calls all mixed into one... after some patient waiting it revealed itself...a marsh warbler. Thank goodness for the Xeno-canto calls database, as some of these were 100% spot on. I also noted on the database that Allan Collet had a few recordings from down the road in Widerness, so it appears that the Southern Range of this species extends further along the coast that indicated in most guides.

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4 years 11 months ago #82383 by dmorrey
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Nice one Mossie! :mrgreen: That would be a lifer for me too.

At which golf course in George did you see the bird?

I'm going to be on a knysna woody expidition the rest of december with Henk Nel in the George surrounding area. If your keen to join, please do.

Cheers

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4 years 11 months ago #82443 by docandy
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Well done mossie! A mimic par excellence easier to hear than to see! If I am not mistaken it has more species of birds copied in its call than any other bird! :D

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4 years 11 months ago #82444 by wildtuinman
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Beeskalf wrote: Nice one Mossie! :mrgreen: That would be a lifer for me too.

At which golf course in George did you see the bird?

I'm going to be on a knysna woody expidition the rest of december with Henk Nel in the George surrounding area. If your keen to join, please do.

Cheers


Hi guys, I am also down there from this weekend till the end of the year. Keep me posted with your birding plans, especially the quest to find Knysna Woodpecker. I would dearly love to tick that one off. :mrgreen:

I will be tweeting my sightings @wildtuinman. Planning some Karoo Birding and Swartberg pass birding on my way down there this weekend.

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4 years 11 months ago #82445 by mossie
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docandy wrote: Well done mossie! A mimic par excellence easier to hear than to see! If I am not mistaken it has more species of birds copied in its call than any other bird! :D


It was straight out the text book. Like a hundred different birds all calling from the same thicket. A cacophony of robins, weavers, warblers, all sorts of things in one. It took a while to click that it was only one bird. The interesting thing, is that it drew the attention of a lot of other birds. By the time it had been singing for a while, there was a nice mix of other species checking out the new migrant to their patch.

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4 years 11 months ago #82446 by mossie
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wildtuinman wrote: Hi guys, I am also down there from this weekend till the end of the year. Keep me posted with your birding plans, especially the quest to find Knysna Woodpecker. I would dearly love to tick that one off. :mrgreen:

I will be tweeting my sightings @wildtuinman. Planning some Karoo Birding and Swartberg pass birding on my way down there this weekend.


Hi WTM

Good places to start the quest...I have heard them calling but not seen them... The forest on the right bank of the Touw River in wilderness above the Ebb and Flow campsite. Upstream is great for half collared kingfisher and Emerald Cuckoo, and the cliffs above for Peregrine and Lanner falcon. I have also heard them on the forest walk at Big Tree in Woodville. But the olive woody is much more common there.

Still the best spot if you can make it down the coast is deHoop nature reserve in the campsite. Heard lots of them, but was on kids duty so I dipped on them.

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Mossie

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4 years 11 months ago #82447 by wildtuinman
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Thanks Mossie! :D

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