new garden bird!!!

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8 years 9 months ago #10392 by mossie
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For weeks I've been hearing a new call in the Garden, repeated almost daily, from some LBJ, high up (30m) in the canopy of an old oak. I finally got some bino's onto it, and got the ID (streaky headed seedeater <!-- s:bouncy: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bouncy.gif" alt=":bouncy:" title="Enthusiastic" /><!-- s:bouncy: --> ) ... Dumb name, because the critter sings like a canary!! Would have got it a lot sooner if the Roberts PDA had the sense to group the seedeaters with the canaries, when I was trying to ID the beautiful call. Anyway, I'm quite chuffed for finding one in the heart of JHB.

Their pressence is probably due to the stand next door being cleared, and subsequently overgrown with all sorts of pioneer weeds and grasses after the rains. We even have new neighbours, a family of spotted thicknees are now squatting on the vacant lot. A vast imporovement on the previous owners <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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8 years 9 months ago #10394 by waldens@faerieglen
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Mossie, We also have a Streakyheaded Seedeater in our garden in Lonehill this summer. I also struggled for a while to identify it. It arrives on most days, stays for a while and leaves again. I also heard a Garden Warbler in the thicket behind our house early this morning, spent hours looking for it, but so far have only seen young Whitebellied Sunbirds, White-Eyes and a Willow Warbler. Will have to spend some time outside just waiting for a glimpse.

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8 years 9 months ago #10396 by Rusty Justy
Rusty Justy replied the topic: Re: new garden bird!!!
The Seed-Eater seems to appear once in a while here in Sunninghill too, I see them more often in Midrand though! :D As for the Garden Warbler, now that would be something!!!

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